Wild sign free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter

10:54 AM, Jul 4, 2012   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Wild made their splash in the free agent waters Wednesday morning.

The Wild's website announced the team signed Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, two of the top free agents in this summer's NHL class.

The Wild say both players' contracts are worth $98 million over 13 years.

"This is unquestionably the biggest free agent day in sports history in Minnesota," Lou Nanne told KARE 11's Dave Schwartz. "As far as hockey goes, it's probably the biggest free agent day in hockey because I don't remember two players of this quality going to the same team at any time in the NHL."

Parise, the son of former Minnesota North Star J.P. Parise, was the most sought after free agent this summer. The 27-year-old forward scored 31 goals and added 38 assists last season as captain for the New Jersey Devils.

Suter, a native of Madison, Wis., spent seven seaons with the Nashville Predators. Last season, Suter posted a career high in points with 46 (7 goals, 39 assists) in 79 regular season games.

"[Team owner] Craig [Leipold] and [Wild general manager] Chuck [Fletcher] were masterful in their planning and their persistence," Nanne, who once served as general manager of the Minnesota North Stars, said about Wednesday's signings. "They got to realize [Parise and Suter] would like to play together and if they didn't get them both, neither were going to come here."

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