Minnesota Wild land top free agents - sign Zach Parise and Ryan Suter

Let the Frenzy begin! Parise and Suter are headed to Minnesota for 13 years

7/4/12 in NHL   |   Jess   |   35100 respect

Blog Photo - Minnesota Wild land top free agents - sign Zach Parise and Ryan Suter

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? 
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7/5/12   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25665 respect

Scott wrote:
Adding Parise and Suter is nice but IMO, it's going to take more for the Wild to be a perennial cup contender.  The more important thing will be how they plan to add more pieces with the limited salary cap space they have left after these two signings

I like the team they had before the signings.  Mikko Koivu, Dany Heatley, Devin Setoguchi, Matt Cullen, and a group of grinding guys that can score like Clutterbuck and Brodziak.  Parise fits in well to the style this team plays, and Suter adds the elite d-man they've been looking for to anchor an underrated blue line corps.  Also look for rookie Jason Zucker from the University of Denver to step in and make an impact this year

7/4/12   |   Scott   |   54636 respect

davieoirish1 wrote:
The paid wayyyyyyyy to much for wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy too long.  Hockey is loaded with injuries and some can end a carreer. Not sure what the Wild was thinking but there is NO way these two will both make it for the next 13 years.  this sets a dangerous precedence for the other teams and just like baseball, basketball and football these over paid jocks will eventually be paid for on the backs of the fans who face unemployment, lower wages and higher prices on everything from gas to groceries.  I'm not going to pay $8.50 for a beer, $15.00 to park a car, $5.00 for a bottle of water and $4.50 for cotton candy just so these guys can live in a milllion dollar house.  If this keeps up, I'll add hockey to the sports that I don't support, won't attend to see and won't spend a dime on any of their products.

Adding Parise and Suter is nice but IMO, it's going to take more for the Wild to be a perennial cup contender.  The more important thing will be how they plan to add more pieces with the limited salary cap space they have left after these two signings

7/4/12   |   davieoirish1   |   91 respect

The paid wayyyyyyyy to much for wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy too long.  Hockey is loaded with injuries and some can end a carreer. Not sure what the Wild was thinking but there is NO way these two will both make it for the next 13 years.  this sets a dangerous precedence for the other teams and just like baseball, basketball and football these over paid jocks will eventually be paid for on the backs of the fans who face unemployment, lower wages and higher prices on everything from gas to groceries.  I'm not going to pay $8.50 for a beer, $15.00 to park a car, $5.00 for a bottle of water and $4.50 for cotton candy just so these guys can live in a milllion dollar house.  If this keeps up, I'll add hockey to the sports that I don't support, won't attend to see and won't spend a dime on any of their products.

7/4/12   |   Scott   |   54636 respect

As long as they didn't take their talents to Detroit or Chicago, I am one happy Blues fan

7/4/12   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7444 respect

I'm not happy about this, either.  I think the Suter/Weber tandem was arguably one of the best in the league.  At least, now the Predators can move forward.

7/4/12   |   kteacher   |   34430 respect

Congrats to the Wild and their fans! Now I'm going back to watching Game 6 and the Kings lifting the cup. laugh


(side bar.......that's a lot of money ......it will be interesting to see who Suter pairs up with on D....big change from Weber......and hopefully Heatley starts earning his 7.5 mill for the next two years)

7/4/12   |   Jess   |   35100 respect

The_Real_Stoney wrote:
As an Avs fan, I'm not happy about this at all

I can't even imagine. As a Ducks fan, just being in the same conference as the Wild sucks with this news...being in the same division only amplifies that, I'm sure.

7/4/12   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25665 respect

As an Avs fan, I'm not happy about this at all