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-agent prizes in the NHL this season.
Several teams were after the two stars with Parise including their former teams. Parise, 27, had played all seven of his NHL seasons for the New Jersey Devils. Suter, 27, had played his entire seven-year career with the Nashville Predators.
But the Wild reeled in the two big fish general manager Chuck Fletcher had been seeking for his young team.
Parise, a Minnesota native, is a five-time 30-goal scorer. He was the captain of the New Jersey team that advanced to the Stanley Cup finals this past season and is also an accomplished international player for the U.S.A ...