Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/13/12

NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 16: Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils looks on during the game against the Atlanta Thrashers at the Prudential Center on October 16, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Minnesota Wild joined the big boys in the NHL. On July 4, going head-to-head against powerhouse teams like the Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks, the Wild landed the two biggest free agents in the NHL when it signed New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise and Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter. "They drove this bus, and we're just lucky they drove it to Minnesota," elated owner Craig Leipold said. The two players signed identical 13-year, $98 million contracts and decided to go as a tag-team after consulting during the free agent process. The arrivals in Minnesota whipped Wild fans into a frenzy and completely transformed an organization that has missed the playoffs four years in a row. "Ryan and I had talked throughout the year," Parise said. "You always say to each other, 'Wouldn't it be great to have a chance to play with each other and to play on the same team?' "I know how great of a player Ryan is ... and to h...
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