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Lockout or not, Parise and Suter will get their “cash call”

Aug 11, 2012, 10:18 PM EDT

Ryan Suter, Zach Parise Getty Images

The Nashville Predators aren’t the only team that will need to eat some big signing bonuses even if the lockout happens.

Charley Walters reports that the Minnesota Wild are set to shell out $10 million apiece for Ryan Suter and Zach Parise on Aug. 18 alone.

If a lockout happens, the next “cash call” could reportedly happen in November.

Walters details how the franchise is paying off those first fees:

With those bonuses due, a little birdie says, virtually all of the Wild’s 11 limited partners last week agreed to commit to a total capital call of $10 million. Principal partner Craig Leipold is expected to fund the remaining $10 million.

Earlier tonight, PHT passed along a story featuring an insider who believes that this CBA negotiation’s biggest battle is between big and small market owners, rather than owners and players.

Hearing details like these – and noting all the money the Predators owe Shea Weber this year, whether he gets on the ice or not – makes one wonder which owners aren’t quite so thrilled to back a lockout.

(H/T to George Malik.)

  1. greatminnesotasportsmind - Aug 11, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Here come the Devils/Preds trolls crying over sour grapes again…

  2. 950003cups - Aug 11, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Yuk Yuk Yuk!!! LOLOLOL!!! What’s the difference? Justice is Devils vs Wild in a SCF. But in order for that to happen, you have to actually make the playoffs. LOLOLOL!!! Maybe Zach can read books to season ticket holders’ children during the lockout. LOLOLOL!!!

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:25 AM

      maybe you should worry about finding a replacement for your old captain and a replacement for grandpa brodeur. and don’t forget you still have zidlicky, which when things aren’t going good, he’s gonna take a dump right on center ice at the prudental center.

      • mpg44 - Aug 12, 2012 at 8:37 AM

        Did you forget that zidlicky hated Minnesota?

    • mpg44 - Aug 12, 2012 at 8:33 AM

      There is no way the wild will make it to the finals!!

    • mpg44 - Aug 12, 2012 at 8:38 AM

      Why can I only like the on e!!

  3. blomfeld - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:02 AM


  4. 950003cups - Aug 12, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    I believe it’s been widely accepted that Zid was a major piece in getting the Devils to the finals. You’re gonna learn to hate Zach. Go look at Devils blog comments during the playoffs. Captain Hach did squat.

  5. mpg44 - Aug 12, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Why the talk over money ….. The reason he went there was to be home. He said it was never about the money. Guess he lied about that too!!

  6. 950003cups - Aug 12, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Stop printing articles about Parise and cash. Haven’t you heard that he only went where he had the best chance to win. Money was merely just compensation for rent and food. Fact is, everyone knows that the Wild are the next 80-84 Islanders. Zach didn’t even know what they were paying him until way after he signed the contract. Witnesses said Zach kept asking why so many zeros and a one were misprinted all over his contract.

    So, now all the wild needs is a goalie. Oh and maybe 3 more defenseman. Maybe a sniper and a coach before all the other youth players start bailing for their contracts. But that’s it. Then they’re big contenders.

  7. rebekah319 - Aug 12, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Really all of you? Why comment on something you have no idea about let alone a team none of you care about? Yes I am bitter because I have lived through the pain of the team for so long however I was fine being under the radar until these 2 showed up. However with time gets better and this team is not looking dull! So until you actually pay close eye on this team no need to comment!

  8. 950003cups - Aug 12, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    You don’t have a goalie! Lol

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Aug 12, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      yeah Backstrom is only a silver and bronze medal winner and NHL all-star. Yup, no goalie

    • credible316 - Aug 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      You’re right…we have 3!! I’d be frustrated if I had to fill out those lengthy bankruptcy papers too!! Hope you DVR’d the post season because IT’S OVER!!!

  9. manchestermiracle - Aug 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Wow, 10 really large and they haven’t even played a game yet.

  10. rgledz - Aug 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Hey 95000…..Backstrom and Harding both had better numbers than Brodeur last year. Better goals against and save percentage. The wild have some of the best prospects in the NHL in Grandlund, Zucker and Coyle….not to mention Brodin. 1st line of Heatly, Parise and Koivu sounds pretty damn good, 2nd line of Grandlund, Setoguchi and Bouchard and then they still have Clutterbuck and Cullen on the 3rd line. Pair all of that up with an All-Star goaltender in Backstrom and a solid backup that would start on most teams (just ask Toronto was hot and heavy for Harding before resigning with the Wild). Then add in Suter with a young, talented core of defensemen and depth all around and the chances of being successful look pretty bright. You’re just spewing hatred and negativity about a team that you know nothing about. So to all of the Devils and Preds fans that troll these articles to use them as some kind of therapy, just let it go and STFU already.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      Couldn’t have said it better

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 12, 2012 at 6:57 PM

      I’m not sure why Wild fans are so high on Bouchard, the last time he had a good season was 07-08, so you’re looking at 5 years ago and treating him like he’s a superstar…and 60+ points doesn’t make you a superstar. Meanwhile Setogucci has played 4.5 years the NHL and had 1 good year, his second year of 08-09, he’s been very pedestrian since then. The fact that you tout these guys as a great second line says everything anyone needs to know about the state of the Wild right now….they’re still a year or two away from being a playoff team.

      Meanwhile on your top line you’ve got 2 left wingers, who moves to the right side? Will he be happy moving?

      I will agree Backstrom is a good goalie, Harding on the other hand is just a backup, except as you noted in Toronto where they’re desperate for any sort of goalie at all.

      • mpg44 - Aug 12, 2012 at 8:00 PM

        That’s just the way Minnesota fans think ….. They like to live in the past and not the present. That’s why they think they are contenders . Some of them still think they are the north stars .

      • karl1210 - Aug 13, 2012 at 12:28 AM

        Well if atwatercrushesokoye says the Wild are still a year or two away from being a playoff team then they might as well not even play this season. Might want to give Chuck Fletcher a call right now so he can stop wasting his time!

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 13, 2012 at 8:14 AM

        Well Karl, it was in relation to all of these fans who believe that signing a top 10 defenseman and a top 25 forward and adding a couple of rookies (who are highly touted but have yet to do anything at the NHL level) have instantly turned this 80 point team, a team that was 14 points out of the playoffs and 30 points out of first in the division, into Stanley Cup contenders.

        Again I’d like to point out that when your second line consists of a “superstar” who last had a good season 5 years ago and another player who topped out 4 years ago and seems to be regressing then you might have bigger issues than you thought. I’d also question the wisdom of putting a highly prized rookie center with two average at best players like that, why not put one of those two “gems” up on the first line, let Heatly play his natural position on the second line giving your young player a very good offensive player to play with?

        Finally, I have the utmost respect for Fletcher’s dad, if he has half the smarts that his dad does I’m sure the Wild will get there eventually, I just think the fans need to realize that they’re still a few years away from being a very good team.

  11. 950003cups - Aug 12, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    They did better than Brodeur? Lol
    I thought I recognized him. Why was Backstrom using a jersey with the name Quick?

    Moral of the story: if Minnesota wants a player, thy have to over pay by $20 million. Philly only offered $80. So stop quoting blog posts as “sources”

    Face it. Nobody wants to be there. As for NJ bankruptcy situation, the owner is bankrupt, not the team. The next owner who is waiting to buy, is far from broke.

    So, enjoy your crappy seasons. That’s just a way of life in your flyover state. No matter how much oh offer to greedy playoff failure players.

    • karl1210 - Aug 13, 2012 at 12:22 AM

      Yep nobody wants to come to Minnesota…. Oh wait didn’t your captain just come to Minnesota?

  12. rgledz - Aug 12, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    This coming froma guy that lives in the rotting waste pool that is New Jersey. You enjoy your crime ridden hell hole and I’ll enjoy my beautiful flyover state.

    • mpg44 - Aug 12, 2012 at 11:16 PM

      Spoken from someone who clearly has not ever been here. Stanley has been here. , three times as a matter of fact . That’s the closest Minnesota will ever come to the cup

      • mpg44 - Aug 12, 2012 at 11:17 PM

        Being a flyover state!!

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