Point/Counterpoint: Parise and Suter

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Welcome to the newest edition of “Point/Counterpoint,” where a pair of Flyers Faithful scribes present both sides of one particular issue with their own unique view and flair.

This week Dain S. and Jim H. debate whether the Flyers’ are better off with or without Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. Dain starts it off with the argument against Parise and Suter.

Zach Parise and Ryan Suter were two of the marquee free agents in the NHL this offseason. Many of the top teams in the league tried to sign them, including the Red Wings, Penguins, Wild and of course the Flyers.  Minnesota ended up signing both players to matching 13 year, 98 million dollar contracts.  On the surface, the Flyers lost by not getting them, but I would argue that they won by NOT signing them. If the reports are true, the Flyers offered 12 years and 110 million to Parise and 12 years /100 million to Suter. Those contracts would have put the Flyers in serious cap trouble not just this year, but many years into the future. Claude Giroux will be getting a big raise when he gets a long term contract in the next year or two. Shea Weber will be a UFA next season and he is better than Ryan Suter,some would say a lot better. Save your money for Weber and Giroux and fill in at the trade deadline if you need a player or two. The Flyers are better served by keeping their young core of players instead of breaking the bank on players  who do not make them significantly better.

Jim H:

Dear Zachary and Ryan,

 Loving Philadelphia, wish you were here. I get it boys, you corn fed mid-westerners had seen enough of what the east coast had to offer and headed back to your homelands. Please enjoy your luskfish and ligonberries and know that you could have been feasting on cheesesteaks and roast pork.
You’ve taken your respective talents to Minnesota. Fine. I’m gonna have to pull myself together, and find a way to fight it. You WON’T see me cry. It’s very possible that we were 1 great forward and 1 solid defenseman away from hoisting a Stanley Cup, but I digress.  I’m sure you’ll look fine in the …uh…green and …uh maroon? Soooo much more intimidating than Orange and Black, right guys?
I’m sure you’re looking forward to some mid winter, below zero ice fishing.  Ask Richards and Carter about the nightlife in Philly, THEY seemed to enjoy it.
We’ll be ok, really. While we could have used your talent here in Philly, we’ve still got some great talent here ourselves. So enjoy your frigid frozen wasteland and giant malls fellas. We’re fine , really. BTW, know any good goalies?
Signed, Flyers Fans
  • Roland

    Minnesota is not in the midwest.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jim.hasson1 Jim Hasson

      mid east?

      • http://www.facebook.com/jim.hasson1 Jim Hasson

        Actually, Ive had arguments about this before. Doesnt Pittsburgh unofficially refer to themselves as ” The Gateway to the Midwest?”
        Either way, I will defer to those who know better and claim writing this at 5:30am is the culprit.