Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 7/4/12

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 31: Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Los Angeles Kings at the Prudential Center on January 31, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. The Kings defeated the Devils 3-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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. Follow Brian Hall on Twitter.
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