Wild Brass Tours Upper Midwest In Free Agent Hunt
As they deplaned at Saint Paul's Holman Field, Wild owner Craig Leipold, General Manager Chuck Fletcher and Head Coach Mike Yeo concluded their portion of what appeared to be a whirlwind tour of the Upper Midwest in an apparent pursuit of highly-sought free agent Ryan Suter.
Fletcher and Yeo politely declined a request for comment when approached by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS just outside the Holman Field terminal.
The plane Leipold, Fletcher and Yeo disembarked from had just returned from Madison, where Suter was raised and keeps a summer home nearby.
The Detroit Free Press reported Red Wings management - including general manager Ken Holland and former All-Star Chris Chelios - also traveled to and from the Madison airport earlier in the day.
The report says the Red Wings execs met with Suter at his farm just outside Madison, and are offering Suter a 13-year, $90-million contract.
The Free Press quotes Suter's agent Neil Sheehy saying, "'A decision is forthcoming,' but wouldn't say whether it will come today."
"'For a young man who is looking to commit to 13 years,' the report continues, 'I find it strange that people expect him to make a decision within hours or days. Everything needs to be carefully considered. Today is another day -- really, there is nothing else I can say.'"
It's not known what the Wild are offering Suter. The team did send out a Tweet from it's official Twitter account confirming an offer has been made.
The busiest person in the whole situation may have been the pilot at the helm of the trio's plane.
Earlier in the day, the same plane had made a round trip from Holman Field to International Falls, Sheehy's home base for the week.
After returning to Saint Paul, the plane then made the trip to Madison and back. It then ended the day with another trip to International Falls and back to Saint Paul.