If you could control the destiny of either Zach Parise or Ryan Suter and you could sign them to a reasonable deal to any team, other than one you cheer for, where would it be?
COACH PERRY: I think Zach Parise with the Minnesota Wild would be good for the city, the league and a lot of players' fantasy appeal. Mikko Koivu would get a great winger. Devin Setoguchi's stock would rise and Dany Heatley could be moved to the second line where he may have a better chance at keeping up with the play.
COACH BROUWER: I agree with Coach Perry I would love to see Parise play in Minnesota. It's something special for a player to play for his home team. He would put the Wild into contendership. If Ryan Suter can't go to my favourite team the Detroit Red Wings, then I want him to stay with the Nashville Predators. The Preds have had to watch their top players walk away for more money, it would be nice to see Suter stay with his original team.
COACH DICKENSON: I would tend to agree with Coaches Perry and Brouwer that Minnesota are the best options for the two players, given the Wilds' good young roster, recent strong drafting, cap space, money to spend, rabid fan base and need of brand name faces to get their crowd excited. Parise wants to be the man, and this fits, both have cottages in the state and are from the state or in Suter's case the neighbouring state... too easy a choice.
On a quick contrary though, I would also list Carolina. While Eric Staal is the face of the franchise the team is improving, adding Jordan Staal, and players are really taking a liking to the area and being a member of that organization. Parise would be the co-main event with the Staals there, and allow them to both play centre with good wingers. Suter would add a little stability to a young defensive corps and heck, Cam Ward when not hurt is still an elite goaltender, whose played in the Stanley Cup final and brought the cup home.
ASSISTANT COACH LANDRY: If I could choose Ryan Suterís fate, I would have to put him in Tampa Bay. The potential of seeing Suter sauce the puck over onto Steven Stamkos stick would make for a deadly powerplay and would finally give Tampa an elite puck-handling d-man in which they havenít seen for years. It would be quite difficult to convince the Lightningís brass to allow the money long-term to Suter.
ASSISTANT COACH ROCCA: Too many people agreeing on too many things! Zach Parise would look fantastic with the St. Louis Blues on the top line beside David Backes. St. Louis is a strong up-and-comer in the Western Conference and would provide Parise a solid group of core players to line up with.
As for Suter, the Edmonton Oilers would absolutely love to shell out big bucks for a defender of his ilk. With boatloads of mind-blasting offensive talent up front, one of the key pieces missing to the Oilers making that next step towards the post-season is a dominant defender on the blueline. Suter would be the indisputable No. 1 guy and could flourish sending breakout passes to the likes of Hall, Eberle, Yakupov, Nugent-Hopkins and the rest of the Oilers young guns.
ASSISTANT COACH IVANCIC: While I'd love for Suter to end up with a high-end team like Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, I probably be most excited to see him sign in Edmonton. I would love to see how those young offensive talents would blossom with an elite defenseman making superb outlet passes and making life easier on the likes of Hall, Eberle, RNH and Yakupov. They would be an explosive team!