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Suter Agrees To Terms With Minnesota, Parise May Be Next

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

The Wild has landed its blue-chip defenseman and is working toward landing the big fish, blue-chip forward as well.

After an impressive maneuver Tuesday to get itself in front of free-agent Ryan Suter, the Wild has agreed to terms on a 13-year contract with defenseman Ryan Suter, sources say.

But the Wild’s not done in its attempt to shake a hockey-mad market into a frenzy.

According to sources, the Wild was working on agreeing to terms with Minneapolis-born Zach Parise on a 13-year deal.

If successful, and it appears as if it will be, Parise and Suter are forming a star-studded tandem that can come to Minnesota and perhaps help alter the fortunes of a franchise that has missed the playoffs four consecutive seasons.


added 12:19pm, via Michael Russo tweet,

#mnwild has agreed to terms on Zach Parise to 13-year deal; Now it’s official. Maybe they’ll announce Winter Classic today for trifecta. ha

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A dose of humility for my red wings brethern?  A month ago many thought the Wings were a foregone conclusion.  Wuh waaaaaaaah.

Posted by VandyBuck on 07/04/12 at 02:16 PM ET

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Like they are actually gonna win anything in Minny…

Posted by Ducksworth from Brownstown, MI on 07/04/12 at 02:19 PM ET

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Well, that’s that.  Enjoy the rest of the day, folks.

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 07/04/12 at 02:21 PM ET


Fair point…in the end, I guess it’s hard to compete with home.

Posted by VandyBuck on 07/04/12 at 02:22 PM ET

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The TSN link if you’d prefer not to read it from Russo.


Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 07/04/12 at 02:24 PM ET


Parise on board for 13 years…

Posted by charlie@HockeyBias.com from United States on 07/04/12 at 02:28 PM ET

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According to LeBrun, both receive $98M over 13 years.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/04/12 at 02:32 PM ET


The money’s not been announced yet. For all I know, the Wild overbid everybody for both guys. But I do find this choice more than a little strange, unless the Wild DID overbid everyone. If Parise felt like going home, fine. I understand that and have no problems at all with it. But Suter’s not from there. It’s not his home. And the belief of reporters is that Suter CONVINCED Parise to sign in Minnesota with him.

So what we have here is a defenseman from Wisconsin passing up similar offers from better teams to sign in a place he’s got no connection to to play with the worst lineup pitching the two players. With both of these guys in the lineup, the Wild go from definitely not a playoff team to a probable one. With both of these guys in any number of lineups (Pittsburgh, Detroit, Philly, heck, maybe Nashville) those teams go from mortal locks at playoff births to serious contenders.

Unless money was the difference, I just don’t get it. It’s not like the choices were between two teams that were likely to finish 11th in the conference without them. The choice was between playing together for a team that would otherwise finish 11th and 3 or 4 clubs that challenge for their divisions with or without Suter and Parise.

I mean, aren’t the Preds WITHOUT Suter already what Minnesota hopes to be WITH Suter and Parise?

Posted by larry from pitt on 07/04/12 at 02:33 PM ET


According to LeBrun, both receive $98M over 13 years.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/04/12 at 12:32 PM ET

Okay, then it was probably money.

Posted by larry from pitt on 07/04/12 at 02:35 PM ET


Both $98M for 13 years. Outbid.

Posted by Alex from San Francisco on 07/04/12 at 02:35 PM ET

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Tick. Tock… Ryan, Semin, Carle, Doan, Colaiacavo, Knuble, Langkow, Langenbrunner, Rozsival…

Talk about bad timing to have money to spend on the open market. This is realisticly the pool of ppayers left to bolster the wings team this season. I really hope the youngsters can get it done enough to hit the Feb trade deadline. This is a blue line we haven’t seen since Chaisson was our anchor on the back end. Scary, but oddly exciting knowing that we’re finally going to get our wish of seeing the kids play before the over ripen.

Posted by CRoy from Plymouth MI on 07/04/12 at 02:40 PM ET


Okay, then it was probably money.

I don’t know, that’s not a lot more money spread over 13 years…

Posted by Garth on 07/04/12 at 02:47 PM ET

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Well, this is pretty good news for everyone who cheers for teams other than DET, PIT and CHI.  It’s pretty lame, but at least it doesn’t put anyone over the top.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 07/04/12 at 02:47 PM ET


I am by no means a Minnesota fan, but I think this is good for the NHL and the Wild. From the inception of this franchise they have done everything in their power to bore fans to death. This is finally something to be excited about in the TC. Good for them!

Posted by timbits on 07/04/12 at 02:47 PM ET

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Moving on.  Move the fuch on.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 07/04/12 at 02:47 PM ET


I don’t know, that’s not a lot more money spread over 13 years…

Posted by Garth on 07/04/12 at 12:47 PM ET

Assuming 3 garbage years of low compensation to bring the cap down at the end, that’s $9.5 per over 10. I don’t even think Kovalchuk makes that in a 10 year period. Doubtful anyone else matched that $ amount for either guy over the first 10 years. If anyone did it was Philly, but look what happens to everybody who signs a 10 year deal with them.

Posted by larry from pitt on 07/04/12 at 03:04 PM ET


lol, Didn’t Holmgren had a factor by driving up the price???

Posted by FlyersFan on 07/04/12 at 03:28 PM ET


Like they are actually gonna win anything in Minny…

Like the Wings are actually gonna win anything without them…

Posted by RoneFace on 07/04/12 at 06:55 PM ET

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