(NEW YORK) — The Minnesota Wild caused some early fireworks on Wednesday. They signed two of the top free agents this summer, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. The deals for both are $98 million over 13 years, according to ESPN.com.
“This is a great day in the history of the Minnesota Wild,” general manager Chuck Fletcher said. “We are extremely excited to add the collective skill, experience and character of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to an already promising roster. We view this as a rare opportunity for us to transform our franchise by adding two marquee players, who are both in the prime of their careers.”
Parise was drafted 17th overall by the New Jersey Devils in 2003 and will be returning home to Minnesota. Suter was the top defenseman available this summer and spent all seven seasons with the Nashville Predators after being selected with the seventh pick, also in 2003.
For Wild fans it certainly is a happy 4th of July.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN