Adam L. Jahns plays Captain Obvious, but does it well, without the pathos or satire.
The Blackhawks ended up losers in the sweepstakes for winger Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter, the best and most coveted free agents.
So what now?
The American-born 27-year-olds and close friends opted for a dual package, joining the Minnesota Wild on the Fourth of July. Parise left behind the New Jersey Devils and Suter the Nashville Predators as they agreed to 13-year, $98 million contracts.
The Hawks offered contracts to both players but were still on the outside. General manager Stan Bowman said the Hawks made “a very impressive offer” to Parise but knew he was drawn to playing in his home state of Minnesota.
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So what’s “Plan B”?
It’s no secret Bowman is under pressure from top brass to make the correct changes after consecutive first-round exits. It’s also clear he has been given the OK to add big contracts.