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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 hockey team. Parise's dad, J.P., was a player and coach for the Minnesota North Stars.
Suter, a Wisconsin native, was the top defenseman on the market and a two-way defender that had seven goals and 39 assists last season with a plus-15 rating. Minnesota had locked up two of Suter's ex-University of Wisconsin teammates in Tom Gilbert and Jake Dowell.
Gilbert was acquired at the trade deadline last season and Dowell was signed to a two-year contract late Tuesday night.
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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...
The class of the 2012 free agent class is Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. They are both all star capable players who are young enough to remain in their primes. Teams have been chasing them since free agency opened up on Sunday. Today we learn they are both headed to Minnesota. Both players signed 13 year deals worth a total of $98 million. This gives them a salary cap hit...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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