Wild Pull It Off, Sign Parise

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
Source: CapGeek.com.

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
Source: CapGeek.com.

10 Responses

  1. EdinaSiouxFan

    What an exciting day for the WIld and UND fans as well. Its an amazing amount of money. Shocking actually and yet I love that they wanted to be close to home and family. Plus, we have some great young talent that can come along with them. Lets hope Chay is one of them 🙂

  2. northdasotan

    Great news for Zack and the Wild. Seems like the Wild are making a statement signing two of the best names/players available. I will become a Wild fan this winter.

  3. JMS****

    I love it how the Wild fans think Parise looks good in green! Some of us already know that!

  4. Huh

    At the introductory presser today Suter and ZP said they hoped the Gopher fans forgive them for going to school out of state. ZP said it has been 10 years since he made that decision and he has moved on. What does that mean?

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