Bogosian talks about Suter, Parise signing with Wild

- July 10th, 2012

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Zach Bogosian was out at Pine Ridge Golf Course on Tuesday, taking part in the Rumble at the Ridge Pro-Am, held in conjunction with the 2012 Canadian Tour Players Cup.

Before he got in a few swings on the links, Bogosian held court with several members of the media, dealing with a variety of topics that include the Jets’ summer additions (not surprisingly, he’s in favour and had some insight on backup goalie Al Montoya after playing alongside him at a previous World Hockey Championship), his mental and physical recovery after a long year that included signing a new contract on the eve of training camp (a stressful situation but one he learned from), relocating cities from Atlanta to Winnipeg (a place he loved living and playing in), thriving under a new coaching staff and thoroughly enjoying the experience of being part of the return of the Jets.

As a guy who has spent some time in the USA Hockey program, I was curious for Bogosian’s take on Zach Parise and Ryan Suter joining forces to sign with the Minnesota Wild. Here’s what he had to say:

My question: As a fan of hockey, were you watching with interest?

Bogosian: “I didn’t really tune in too much, I was just curious. I remember hearing about Minnesota signing them. It’s good for them. They’re two great players and anytime you get two friends that play together, it’s probably pretty special to them too. When you hear the news, it’s something you talk about a bit and you just move on. It has nothing to do with you or your own team, but it is pretty impressive what those two guys have accomplished.”

Follow-up question: In some ways, is it good for hockey though, given that Minnesota is a bit of a smaller (but well-respected hockey) market?

Bogosian: “It’s close to home for those guys. It has drawn more fans, they’ve already drawn more than 2,000 extra season tickets. It’s good for hockey to see two guys sign big contracts like that. You don’t usually see those, unless it’s football or basketball. It’s good to see some players of that calibre get rewarded.”

Bogosian is under contract for one more season and a reasonably affordable salary of $3 million and a cap hit of $2.5 million. However, he’s going to be due another raise at the end of next season.

The emerging blue-liner has made it clear that he wants to spend a long time playing in Winnipeg, but it’s clear the Jets are also going to have to make a financial commitment to him.

Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said last year before signing Bogosian that he’s the type of guy a franchise can build its defence corps around and we’re pretty sure that this past season merely solidified that opinion.

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