Option A- Parise retires. Parise gets zero salary, the Wild are hit with a $6M cap penalty, and Parise becomes public enemy #1 to the Wild fan base. Parise also kisses goodbye any future after hockey with the Wild.Bertogliat wrote: ↑Wed May 05 3:56 pmPlease expand on this.J22 wrote: ↑Wed May 05 3:31 pmThere's no chance of that happeningbearpaw28 wrote: ↑Wed May 05 1:15 pmWhen his salary drops to $1-2 mil per year, Zach will likely retire & the Wild will get hit with a $10 mil cap hit for a couple years...that’s how I see it.Bertogliat wrote: ↑Wed May 05 12:52 pmTrue, but just think how that contract, along with Suter, transformed the Wild from an expansion franchise struggling to win to a play off contender able to sign free agents who want to play here. Without that Parise/Suter deal, the Wild might still be the NHL version of the Timberwolves.streakygopher wrote: ↑Wed May 05 11:15 amI honestly can't find a scenario that they get past Colorado, unless Talbot flat out steals games. Colorado's forwards are just a superb combination of skill, speed and strength. In my view, the Wild's undersized D don't match up well.
The above analysis is glaring in that Parise is a mere afterthought and characterized as a former starting pitcher who will get only a few outs each game. Oof, that's a lotsa motsa for a few outs a game.
We knew at the time that the back end of this contract would be painful, but it was a necessary evil, and I don't get angry thinking of the proportion of cap space spent on Zach.
Only 4 more years to go....
The last 3 seasons, the Wild will only pay Zach $1-2M per year, but the cap hit will remain at $7.5M/year. It'll be interesting what happens with Zach when the salary drops from $6M to $2M and he's not scoring on the 4th line.
Option B - Parise goes on LTIR. Parise gets all of his remaining salary ($10M total as of right now), the Wild clear $7.5M of cap space, and Parise is the hero with the fan base.
Everyone loses with option A and everyone wins with option B.