Buyer’s remorse is hard to imagine when the big contract is signed, when the summer press conference is all smiles, handshakes, flashbulbs and hyperbolic predictions.
So let’s assume the Minnesota Wild will never have cause to regret Wednesday’s commitment of nearly $200 million to the free agent prize pak of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
It still leaves the Wild with a long way to go.
A Parise-Suter injection to last year’s 12th-place outfit probably raises the team to the level of 7th or 8th-place contender, and maybe a good upset pick in the first playoff round.
To get much further, the Wild needs its small army of prospects to turn potential into reality, always an iffy proposition.
Life in the Western Conference doesn’t get any easier.
But when the games begin in October, Minnesota will have graduated from bad to decent, with expectations of much more to come.
It only gets tougher from there.
Photo: Zach Parise (L) and Ryan Suter in 2003, on the eve of the NHL Entry Draft. (Elsa/Getty Images/NHLI)