Zach Parise and Ryan Suter Both Sign with Minnesota Wild

Marlon MaloneyCorrespondent IJuly 4, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 29:  Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils in action against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on April 29, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Devils 4-3 in overtime.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Finally the long awaited decisions of coveted free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter have come down and he two have agreed to 13-year contracts with the Minnesota Wild, according to a report on ESPN's SportCenter                                                                                                                                    .

Monetary details of the contracts are yet to be released but obviously with the length of the deals being so great, expect to see deals ranging from $90 million and up.

[Update] According to Pierre LeBrun, Suter and Parise's contracts are both for 13 years and $98 million [Update]

The development comes as a shock to most as the Wild were viewed as a long-shot by most to sign one, let alone both, of the star talents.

Many expected Parise to join forces with longtime-friend Sidney Crosby, while Suter was projected to head to Detroit due to its Mid-Western location.

The decision should open the flood gates for a bevy of second-tier free agent talents signing with teams that whiffed on Parise and Suter and puts any Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan trades to the forefront of the rumor mill.

Matt Carle becomes the next best option for teams seeking defense via free agency, while the volatile Alexander Semin is next in for offensive talents.

In on fell swoop the Wild have become top Stanley Cup contenders for the 2012-13 NHL season.