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Wild owner says visiting Ryan Suter was “really key” in signings

Jul 4, 2012, 11:49 PM EDT

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Much was made of both the Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild traveling to woo Ryan Suter. Apparently that made a big difference, at least if you ask Wild owner Craig Leipold.

Leipold described his trip to meet Suter in Wisconsin “really key” in landing Suter and Zach Parise, as he told ESPN’s Judd Zulgad.

“We got there and the reports are pretty accurate,” Leipold said. “The Red Wings plane was there and they were before us so we were very, very nervous about that. But it was good to see him, for him to see us, for us to talk to Ryan about what we wanted to do, what we were building.

“He kind of knew everything anyway because he had paid a lot of attention to it. He was even, we were talking to him, and he’s text messaging Zach and it was really at that point that (we knew) we’re going to drive this deal and we’re going to make this thing happen. Within two hours it really kind of came together.”

Follow the link for more interesting, inside talk from Leipold about what the negotiations were like.

  1. charleslouis99 - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    I think the two signings warrant a uniform change please!!! their away uniforms make an eye sore playing against them.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:19 AM

      Bring back the early 90’s North Star with the N and star logo!!!

  2. hines86for6 - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Good for you Leipold.

    You’re still a terrible owner; nobody in Nashville or the Western Conference respects you.

    • gooterbaby - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:17 AM

      Speak for yourself…your mom defriended you on Facebook.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:20 AM

        Minnesota fans like him, and Minnesota is in the Western Conference…

    • vshehane - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      Leipold is a horrible owner. He has tried the same kind of whining/threatening he did in Nashville. These signings won’t bring a cup to the Wild. Suter will get quite a welcome back to Nashville on Dec.1. His dishonesty in the whole deal won’t be forgotten. We will see how well he does when he doesn’t have Weber to make him look good.

  3. dlwf - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    The signing of Suter may be done but the drama will continue. Remember that Leipold once owned the Preds and attempted to “quick sell” them to Balsillie who was going to move the team to Hamilton. You can be sure that the Wild will be booed in Nashville and that Pred fans will not take this lightly. This is sure to create a stronger rivalry between the 2 teams.

    • bigtganks - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:24 AM

      If the division changes actually happen. Otherwise, meh…

      • lordfletcher - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:03 AM

        dead on. the Wild fans will never see Nashville as a rival. We don’t have a true rival yet but that will change back to the blackhawks once the division changes set in and we go back to the North stars / hawks days

        Sorry this didn’t work out for you but there will be no drama and we love Leipold here in MN

        -wild fan

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:23 AM

        I hope realignment does happen. Having Nashville as a rival would be cool. Then y’all can boo Suter every time he touches the puck.

      • crosberries - Jul 5, 2012 at 7:46 AM

        If your not a good team you won’t have rivals because if you get crushed all the time there’s no excitement. i.e. Minnesota

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:09 AM

        Or maybe the natural rivals such as Winnipeg, Chicago, Detroit, and St. Louis (who are all closer) are in a different division. Instead we have rivals that are half way across Canada in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and Colorado.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:06 AM

        The Wild and Jets need each other. The Jets will always have some kind of rivalry with other Canadian teams, but Minnesota is much closer to home. The Jets/Wild game at the X was the best Wild game I’ve ever been to, and I haven’t met anyone who went to that game who disagrees. Methinks this will be the last year of the current divisional format. Hopefully the Phoenix debacle can be resolved soon so they can get the ball rollin on realignment.

    • gooterbaby - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:23 AM

      He actually took less money instead of selling to Balsillie so the Preds would stay in Nashville…get your facts straight.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:28 AM

      You know what would be kinda funny, not only does Leipold steal Suter away from the Preds, but what would really stick the knife in the back would be if Leipold/Suter steal Weber away next year with the 14.5 million they have in free agency next summer.

  4. wpgjetter - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    I think everyone is getting bent outta shape simply because both Suter and Parise didnt go the the team/teams that everyone expected. I am glad that both of them stuck to what THEY wanted and expected in a time where big contracts and money sway the values and morals of most professional sport players. Time will tell if they m who are whinning and calling foulake the Wild into a contender or not.

    • wpgjetter - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:24 AM

      last line should read – time will tell if they make the Wild into a contender or not. As for the GM’s around the league who are whinning and crying foul- just goes to show that not all players are for sale to the highest bidder

      • Scott - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:51 PM

        Wait a minute. Unless I’m mistaken, didn’t the Wild offer the most money of the teams who were legitimate suitors? Didn’t Parise and Suter in fact go to the highest bidder?

      • wpgjetter - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:51 AM

        they did indeed go AS A PAIR to the highest bidder, however, had they signed individually they would have received and were offered larger money contracts

  5. semin28 - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Caps fan baby!!!!! Your arguments are weak sauce and no valid points I DARE someone to say so I can embarrass them on NBC sports

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:24 AM


    • slickvb82 - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:08 AM

      first, grammar idiot…*you’re. second, stop talking

      • bdawk20 - Jul 5, 2012 at 8:09 AM

        While semin’s sentence has grammar issues, your vs. you’re is not one of them. It is, in fact, “your arguments are weak sauce”, not “you are arguments are weak sauce”.

      • jpelle82 - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:21 AM

        lol, nothing better than someone being wrong when trying to be petty and correct someone else

  6. goldenrodenthockey - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:08 AM


  7. vindicatus - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    More like Suter texting his BFF Zach was “really key.”

    Let’s not forget the fact that the Wild threw in his and hers matching hiking boots and fishing poles into the deal.

    They acted like a bunch of teenaged girls and strung their respective teams and fans on for over a year to stage their grand escape together.

    BTW, the Wild has no rivals because they are a true Mickey Mouse organization, and breaking the bank to sign an over-rated Mickey and Minny is not going to change that.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:26 AM

      I sense a bitter fan

  8. bdawk20 - Jul 5, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    Any deal that makes Crosby cry like the baby that he is sounds like a great deal to me.

  9. xaf605 - Jul 5, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Suter is nothing w/o weber carrying him on his back goodluck wild

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