Let the Frenzy begin! Parise and Suter are headed to Minnesota for 13 years
There were a few signings heading into the free agency period, but most activity was suspended while the league waited with bated breath for Parise and Suter to make their decisions before pursuing anyone else. Now that the Minnesota Wild have signed each player to a lucrative 13-year contract, the frenzy can begin.
Parise, former captain of the Devils, has been in New Jersey his entire career. Now he heads home and will be close to family in Minneapolis throughout the season. The Wild will undoubtedly benefit greatly with the seven-year veteran forward added to their offense.
And to the defense they add another veteran in Ryan Suter, a Wisconsin native from a well-known hockey family. Ryan is the nephew of Gary Suter, and his father Bob played for the legendary "Miracle on Ice" hockey team in 1980. Suter brings his own experience and accomplishments to Minnesota, having been named alternate captain on an Olympic team himself, as well as being on the NHL All-Star team this past year.
Our congratulations to the Minnesota Wild and their fans, and our condolences to the rest of the league; especially the Devils and the Predators.
Is 13-years too long? What about the $98m per player - did the Wild pay too much?