The Minnesota Wild made a couple of major moves last offseason, but they didn't have the desired effect. General manager Chuck Fletcher was at it again Wednesday, landing the top two free agents in the Class of 2012.
Expect the additions of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to have a greater impact on the present fortunes of the Wild -- and putting these two stars with a strong, young foundation already in place could make Minnesota contenders for years to come.
"We've been trying to put the best team on the ice for the last few years," general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "We've obviously been trying to build aggressively through the draft in the last three years and build up a foundation of talent that we could get to a point where players could look at us and say 'they have a bright future ahead of them.' From a drafting and developing standpoint, we have been working hard at this for a while, and yet we have been trying to win. There was an opportunity this summer, with our cap space and a commitment from [owner Craig Leopold] to try to go out and be aggressive in free agency and we did that."