NHL free agency 2012 has reached its crescendo because the two best available players have now signed identical contracts with the same team on the same day.
As of July 1, the 2012 NHL free agency market was shaping up like the 2012 NFL Draft. Just like how NFL teams looked at the draft as Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin, then everyone else, NHL teams looked at the available free agents.
It was clear that Parise and Suter were grand prizes No. 1 and No. 1-A, with everyone else on a lower tier.
Parise and Suter were teammates during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics for Team USA and, if they both honor their identical 13-year, $98 million contracts, they will be teammates for many years to come in St. Paul.
"It took a lot of courage and commitment for all of us to go after these players," Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said, via NHL.com.
He and owner Craig Leipold certainly exhibited those qualities by committing nearly $200 million to two players on a single day. That's more than even Pacman Jones could spend.
While Americans celebrated their independence by sleeping late, eating plentifully and enjoying a hot summer day, the Minnesota Wild were working hard to ensure they can compete for a Stanley Cup—and compete immediately.
The Fourth of July is a celebration of American freedom and an homage to the American dream. While everyone else was complaining about the economy from their beach chairs, two young, hardworking Americans signed contracts that will pay them $7.538 million per year.
The American dream is alive and well.