Minnesota Wild logoMinnesota Wild

Zach Parise, Ryan Suter Go Wild: Both Go to Minnesota for 13 Years, $98 Million

Ryan Suter will be following fellow free agent Zach Parise to the Minnesota Wild.
Ryan Suter will be following fellow free agent Zach Parise to the Minnesota Wild.Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Jon FromiSenior Analyst IJuly 4, 2012

The Minnesota Wild pulled off a package deal for free agents Ryan Suter and Zach Parise Wednesday.

Both Paise and Suter will earn $98 million over their 13-year contracts, according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun. Each cap hit will be just over $7.5 million.

The Wild have taken a huge step in the NHL Western Conference pecking order. Both 27-year old UFA's were rumored to be interested in going to the same team. It looks like that will be Parise's home state of Minnesota.

The Wild managed to improve substantially on both sides of the puck, gaining an All-Star at forward in Parise, and one on the blue line in Suter's case. Parise adds instant leadership and playoff experience, having just finished captaining a run to the Stanley Cup Finals with New Jersey.

Parise is coming off a 31-goal, 38-assist season with the Devils. Suter notched seven goals and 39 assists with Nashville in 2011-12.

Teams like Detroit and Pittsburgh were said to be in play for one or both players. The Chicago Blackhawks were also thought to have been in the mix. Those teams will quickly shift their focus to the few remaining UFA's, including F Alexander Semin and D Matt Carle.

It would also make sense if the trade market opens up a little bit following the double announcement. The Wild have stepped up to the table and seem to have moved up the ladder in the NHL.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices