Well, the sweepstakes are over for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter and one team hit the goldmine by dropping some serious dollars on the two. More inside.
The Minnesota Wild have been around since the beginning of the millennium and in those many years since the franchise’s inception. The team has had some very decent players over the years but, the Wild have never had those breakout players to take them to the next level. That all changes now.
The Minnesota Wild announced Wednesday that they’ve agreed to terms with LW Zach Parise and D Ryan Suter. These two were the most sought after free agents in the entire NHL and the Wild managed to get them both. It didn’t come without a price though and a very lengthy one at that. Both deals were 13 years at a total of $98 million with an average annual cap hit of $7.538 million.
Parise had 31 goals and 38 assists last season for 69 points in 82 games and captained the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals. Over his career, he has 194 goals and 216 assists for 410 points in 502 games. This will come as decent production for an offensively deprived Wild team which was last in goals for per game at 2.02.
Suter had 7 goals and 39 assists for 46 points this past season patrolling the blue line with Shea Weber for the Nashville Predators. He has 38 goals and 200 assists for 238 points in 542 games. Suter is an anchor guy who can play more than 25 minutes in a game and has averaged that in the past few years.
Suter and Parise make this edition of the Wild perhaps the best in history and it will be interesting to see just how far this team can go.