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The Mark Graham Sports Blog:
The Minnesota Wild has had a very productive Fourth of July to say the least.
The Wild has agreed to terms with two of the top free agents in this year's NHL free agent pool. Former New Jersey Devils winger Zach Parise and former Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter both agreed to sign 13 year, $98 million contracts.
Parise, a Minnesota native, spurned the Devils among many others to go back home and play for the Wild.
Suter, whose wife Becky is a Minnesota native, turned down a 13 year,$90 million offer from the Detroit Red Wings to join Parise in Minnesota.
The Chicago Blackhawks made runs at both players along with the Detroit Red Wings. The Wings were most interested in Ryan Suter to replace the recently retired Nicklas Lidstrom.
The Nashville Predators offered a 13 year, $90 million deal to keep Ryan Suter in the Music City, but, according to Predators general manager David Polie, the Preds never got a chance to match the Wild's offer.
The Red Wings made a presentation to Ryan Suter, but didn't have a chance to make a similar presentation towards Zach Parise.
With Suter and Parise now gone, the focus now shifts on Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Matt Carle and former Washington Capitals forward Alexander Semin as the second tier NHL free agents.
BEST OF MAXIM
Today is day 3 of the Zach Parise hostage crisis.
The common tone right now amongst some people is " he deserves as much time as possible, he is making the biggest decision of his life..."
Our initial reaction was this:
We just wanted to say **** you, Zach, make a decision on where you are going to sign your 100 million...
According to Pierre Lebrun a decision will come today:
Prized free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are expected to decide their futures Wednesday, sources told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.
Now reading between the lines here.
1. This report also list Ryan Suter as making a decision.
2. This quote:
A source also confirmed that Suter...
Wednesday was a very frustrating day for Wings fans all over as it was announced that the Minnesota Wild of all teams made the biggest free agent splash by winning the Zach Parise/Ryan Suter sweepstakes.
The Wild, who have pretty much been the definition of mediocre in the National Hockey League broke the bank by signing both players to 13 year contracts worth $98 million dollars...
ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild have won the free-agent sweepstakes.
On a franchise-altering day, several media outlets have confirmed the story first reported by Michael Russo of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, that forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter have each agreed to terms on 13-year contracts with Minnesota, ending the four-day long wait on the two biggest free...
Zach Parise has had us all waiting and he will continue to make us do so, at least for another day. Parise told reporters outside of Newport Sports Agency in Mississauga, where he and his agent, Wade Arnott, have been huddled up for the last two days, that he has not come to a conclusion as to where he wants to play and he needs more time.
He would not tell reporters which teams...
Independence Day is a time for celebrating the United States with BBQ and family. Nashville’s prized unrestricted free agent, Ryan Suter, made a statement of just how important family is when he announced that he had signed a 13-year deal with the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. Suter said goodbye to the Predators after 9 years in the organization.
Nashville’s General Manager David...
Zach Parise and Ryan Suter may have finally signed on Wednesday, but that doesn't mean free agency is over. On contrary, those signings should mean even more activity is on the way, as the teams that lost out on the top two players on the market will now be scrambling to salvage something from the next tier of free agents. That won't be easy though, as those pickings are...
The NHL's free agent frenzy has rolled on as usual this summer. Some 78 new contracts had been handed out in the first three days since the signing period began on July 1, and the biggest deals have not even gone down with Zach Parise and Ryan Suter still weighing multiple offers higher than the GNPs of some small countries. On the surface, it's business as usual in the NHL...
Twitter was about to explode around 4:30 on Monday afternoon with the imminent news of a statement by Zach Parise in several minutes. Parise waited until roughly 5:00 PM eastern time to announce that, there would essentially be no announcement, as noted by TSN's Mark Masters. Masters went on to report that Parise did not feel pressure to make a choice and that he is still deciding...
At PredneckNation.com we have put together some of the latest links to get you up to date on the Ryan Suter and Zach Parise sweepstakes…
The Associated Press - Ryan Suter’s agent doesn’t expect a quick decision
ESPN News Service - Ryan Suter, Zach Parise field offers
Sporting News - Zach Parise and Ryan Suter: Who, when and for how much?
Bleacher Report - 2012 NHL Free...
Neil Sheehy on Ryan Suter: There will be no decision tonight and there is no timetable for his contract signing at this time (cond) #mnwild— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) July 2, 2012
(cond Sheehy): “Ryan is considering his opportunities and is taking the necessary time to give each proper consideration.” #mnwild— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) July 2, 2012
CBC's Elliotte Friedman and Section 303's Jeremy Gover join us to discuss the departure of Ryan Suter and what it means for Shea Weber...