Free Agency 2012: Zach Parise and Ryan Suter Both Sign With Minnesota Wild
The two biggest free agents on the market this summer have made their decision, and their decision is Minnesota.
It was announced early Tuesday afternoon that both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter have agreed to terms with the Minnesota Wild, both for 13-year, $98 million deals.
Parise, the former captain of the New Jersey Devils, scored 404 points in 502 games over seven seasons with the Devils. After suffering from a season-ending injury last season, he had a successful comeback season, with 69 points in 82 games. He led his team to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, where they ultimately lost to the Los Angeles Kings.
Suter has been an impressive and consistent defenseman during his NHL career. He was drafted by the Nashville Predators in 2003 and was an integral part of their top defensive pairing with Shea Weber. In his seven years with Nashville, he posted 238 points in 542 games.
Now that Parise and Suter have signed, it is expected that more deals will be made in the near future - including one for Matt Carle. He is highly in-demand now that Suter is off the market.
Carle is likely to be targeted by the same teams that were in on Suter, and will come with a much smaller cap hit. If the Philadelphia Flyers are interested in retaining his services, they will need to offer him a considerable amount of money in a new deal.
The signing of Parise means that the Flyers will likely stay focused on acquiring either Rick Nash or Bobby Ryan in a trade. Both players have been linked to the Flyers over the last few days, according to reports.