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NHL Rumors: Free-Agent Combo of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter Would Be Dominant

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 4, 2012

Two of the top NHL free agents on the market have kept people guessing on their plans since the season ended, but the best decision Ryan Suter and Zach Parise could make is to play together.

Josh Rimer of interviewed Parise and got the impression that this will be the eventual outcome.

I strongly believe now especially after my interview last night with Parise, that him and Suter are a package Deal!

— Josh Rimer (@JoshRimerHockey) July 4, 2012

There is no secret that the two are close friends and have spoken to each other through the process, but the decision gets tough when it is time to sign a name on the contract. 

Each player has received offers from a number of teams. Most recently, the Detroit Red Wings have offered a 13-year, $90 million contract to Suter, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News thinks the Red Wings would be a perfect fit for the duo, as the team could offer both a contract and chance to win a title. Unfortunately for Detroit, there are a bunch of other teams that could provide this as well.

In addition to the Red Wings, the Philadelphia Flyers have also offered long-term contracts to each of the players. CSN Philadelphia reports the offer could be as high as $110 million.

The Minnesota Wild, Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks are a few of the other teams believed to be involved as well.

Each organization in the running knows that adding Suter and Parise would bring the team a step closer to bringing home a Stanley Cup. With the best forward and defenseman on the market, any team could sign the two and become immediate contenders. 

ESPN reports that Suter and Parise plan to announce their decisions on Wednesday, finally ending the circus of attention around the talented players. The fact that they are making the decision at the same time is even more of a sign they will likely play together.

If this ends up being the case, one team will add two veteran players that are among the best in the NHL. For the players, there are few things better than winning a championship with a good friend. 

Deciding to play together will be the easiest decision the two make in their careers.


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