In a stunning turn of events, the Minnesota Wild pulled of a major upset on the Fourth of July when they signed the two biggest superstars on the market, defenseman Ryan Suter and forward Zach Parise, to blockbuster deals.
Suter and Parise received matching 13-year, $98M deals. Parise reportedly has a full no move clause.
Parise had been the captain of the Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils before reaching unrestricted free agency on Sunday. In the 2012 playoffs, Parise had eight goals and seven assists for the Devils while averaging over 20 minutes per game.
In 502 NHL games, Parise has posted 410 points (194 goals, 216 assists). He has reached the 30-goal mark in all but two of his NHL seasons (his rookie season and the 2010-11 season, in which he only played 13 games because of an injury). He’ll turn 28 in late July.
He was the 17th overall selection in the 2003 Draft, three spots behind the Hawks choosing Brent Seabrook.
The balance of power in the NHL shifts with this deal, and (somehow) the Wild were able to stay out of the spotlight while making their pitches. The additions of these two superstars should push Minnesota into the playoff conversation for the next decade.
Meanwhile, not landing either is a major blow for Detroit, who will now likely turn their attention to Alexander Semin and, possibly, Matt Carle.