Found July 04, 2012 on The Sports Bank:
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  Happy birthday America!  The Minnesota Wild started the fireworks early on the Fourth of July by announcing matching contracts for free agent forward Zach Parise, and free agent defenseman Ryan Suter.  Both players were clearly the best available at their position in the free agent market, and in the end decided to join forces and come to the State of Hockey.  Each deal is for 13 years, $98 million, which should essentially keep both players in Minnesota for the rest of their careers.  To learn more about both signings, and how this affects the Minnesota Wild going forward, continue after the jump.   The 2012 NHL free agency period had been somewhat slow over the first couple days, with players and teams waiting until the two biggest prizes, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, made their decisions.  After what felt like an endless wait, both players signed matching 13 year contracts with the Minnesota Wild.  These signings give the Wild something they’ve never really had in their 11+ ye...
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