After the hockey world waited a few days following the opening of free agency for a decision, Zach Parise has made his choice: the Minnesota Wild.
He agreed to terms with his hometown-area team soon after Ryan Suter, who chose a 13-year, $98 million deal with the Wild on July 4. Their deals match in terms of tenure and pay.
Like Suter, he was drafted in the strong 2003 draft class. That year, he was selected 17th overall by the New Jersey Devils. Other than a shortened 2010-11 season due to a knee surgery, Parise generally plays either 81 or 82 games a season and has scored at least 62 points every year since his first in the NHL. Plus, he was named captain of the Devils for 2011-12.
Also like Suter, he was on the 2010 Olympic team, and he was the reason the gold medal game ever went into overtime when he tied the game with just 24 seconds left to play in regulation. He won a silver medal.
He was born in Minneapolis while his dad, Jean-Paul, was working as an assistant coach with the old Minnesota North Stars. He also attended the famous Shattuck-St. Mary’s boarding school in the area, which produces quite a lot of NHL-caliber talent.
Wild players are reportedly very excited about these two new acquisitions and have already been sending them text messages to welcome them to the team. Dany Heatley has made contact with both Suter and Parise, who both asked if the Wild can win, and Heatley answered yes.