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SBD/July 6, 2012/Franchises
Wild's Free Agency Splash Considered Necessary To Re-Energize Fan Base
Published July 6, 2012
ALREADY PAYING DIVIDENDS: In Minneapolis, Amelia Rayno reports as of late Thursday afternoon, the Wild "had sold more than 1,000 season tickets since the news broke" that Parise and Suter had signed with the club. The Wild also have sold all 120 jerseys they printed with the new players' names and numbers. Wild Media Relations Coordinator Ryan Stanzel said that the printing "would continue throughout the day as long as fans continued to buy them" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 7/6).
DID I SAY THAT? YAHOO SPORTS' Greg Wyshynski wrote Leipold is a "hypocrite" after signing Parise and Suter based on something he said earlier this year. In April, Leipold said, "We're not making money, and that's one reason we need to fix our system." Wyshynski: "Crying about expenses related to player salaries, and then adding $196 million in expenses for two players. Unless, of course, he meant the Wild would fix their spending levels by inflating them for the two largest contracts in franchise history." Had he "stuck to his guns, Wild fans don't experience a game-changing day for the franchise and Leipold doesn't get a chance to write a valentine to those fans as the 'Secret Weapon' in negotiations" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 7/5).