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Wild owner talks about big deals

Updated: July 5, 2012, 8:18 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Craig Leipold never thought one of the biggest bonanzas in NHL history was even possible when the Wild owner stepped into the negotiating room with general manager Chuck Fletcher and the agents for defenseman Ryan Suter.

The Wild had opened the summer hoping to land one of the two biggest prizes on the market -- either Suter or forward Zach Parise -- to bolster a franchise that has missed the postseason for four straight seasons.

At one point during the meeting, ...

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