ST. PAUL, Minn. Charlie Coyle was glued to Twitter to track the latest in the Zach Parise and Ryan Suter free-agent sweepstakes. Marco Scandella found out the news by watching TSN, the big sports station in Canada, where Scandella is from.
For four days at the beginning of July, the Parise and Suter rumors were tracked by everyone in the game and the fans who follow it. Coyle and Scandella's situations were a bit different. The two up-and-coming Minnesota Wild prospects had a keen eye on the proceedings and were as thrilled as any fan when Minnesota landed both Parise and Suter, the two biggest free-agent signings in team history.
"It was unbelievable when I found out," Coyle said. "It was so exciting, I think for everyone. It's just great for the whole organization. No one knew if we there was any chance to get both, and all of a sudden they get both. It's awesome for everyone. I think the organization is headed in the right direction, and I think everybody's happy about that."