It appears the two biggest targets in NHL free agency 2012 have landed, and they're both headed to the same place: The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, according to multiple reports (led by Michael Russo of the Star-Trib). A reported 13 years and $98 million for each of them.
Speculation Tuesday night had both heading to Minnesota in an ostensibly package deal, and for once the speculation was dead on. The Wild get instant, massive (and expensive) upgrades at two key positions and vault themselves into a competitive position in the Northwest. Now the NHL insiders shall get on with the business of other signings and trades -- or maybe for a day, just celebrating a mid-week holiday in the U.S.
But here's some other reading for the Islanders fan in you:
- Michael Fornabaio at the CT Post breaks down the additions of Colin McDonald and Brandon DeFazio. McDonald in particular has been a good AHLer and, of course, hopes to make it to the NHL.
- Dylan Reese with some humor on picking the Pens over other offers: "I wasn't worried there would be a shortage of two-way contracts."
- Purely for discussion: How some Sharks fans see (covet) Michael Grabner.
- McCabe is once again a Panther. Sort of.
- Arctic Ice Hockey on what the Jets get in Olli Jokinen.
- The Province blogs on what the Canucks get in Jason Garrison.