Zach Parise is headed back home to play for the Minnesota Wild.
His deal is worth $98 million over 13 years, which is the second-largest free-agent contract in NHL history behind Ilya Kovalchuk’s $100 million and the fourth-largest overall contract in NHL history behind Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Kovalchuk.
The Wild not only added the former UND star, they also added his friend and former Wisconsin star Ryan Suter.
With No. 9 being held by captain Mikko Koivu, Parise will wear No. 11 — the number he wore while at UND.
Richest contracts in NHL history
1. Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, $124M
2. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, $104.4M
3. Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils, $100M
4. Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild, $98M
4. Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild, $98M
6. Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning, $85M
7. Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings, $73M
8. Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks, $72M
9. Mike Richards, L.A. Kings, $69M
10. Rick DiPietro, N.Y. Islanders, $67.5M
Richest contracts by American-born players
1. Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild, $98M
1. Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild, $98M
3. Rick DiPietro, N.Y. Islanders, $67.5M
4. Scott Gomez, Montreal Canadiens, $51.5M
5. Tyler Myers, Buffalo Sabres, $38.5M (born in U.S., plays for Canada)
6. Ryan Malone, Tampa Bay Lightning, $31.5M
6. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, $31.5M
8. Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs, $31.25M
9. Jack Johnson, Columbus Blue Jackets, $30.5M