Both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are going to play for the Minnesota Wild next year. And the next year. And the next year. And the next year. And the next year. And the next year. And the next year. And the next year. And the next year. And the next year. And the next year. And the next year. And the next year. That's basically forever in hockey years. I always forget the conversion, but I think hockey years are about 7 human years.
Each player signed an identical 13-year, $98-million contract, which includes a $10-million signing bonus in each of the first two years, and a $5-million signing bonus the third year. [Source]
For that kind of money, you can KEEP THEM, MINNESOTA. I think paying any player that isn't Sidney Crosby this kind of money is little short of lunacy, but everyone over at Hockey Wilderness seems happy.
And they'll live happily ever after.
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Bleeding Blue And White: 7 Thoughts on Free Agency Thus Far
Our very own BCapp has notes on several teams throughout the league.
We can’t seem to attract big-name UFA’s, but how often have we lost star players?
Michael Langlois is already starting to wonder about how much Phil Kessel is going to want to stay in Toronto.
Is Nazem Kadri ready for the NHL?
I think he might as well be given a shot, but I'm not thrilled with his development. Dallas Eakins was rather blunt when he said that he's been waiting for a long time for Kadri to take his game to the next level. Hrm.
Why Not Use IIHF-Sized Rinks?
Yours truly has an article about the possible effects of widening North American rinks to European standards.
Why Did Justin Schultz Choose the Oilers?
Good question. Copper & Blue columnist ryanbatty tries to answer.
2012 Leafs Development Camp Rosters
Kyle The Reporter has the list for you.
Wild land Suter and Parise with massive matching contracts
James Mirtle has the rundown.
Coyotes forward Brett MacLean’s condition improving
Excellent to hear. David Shoalts has the story.
With Parise, Suter spoken for, the fight for scraps begins
David Shoalts denigrates the remaining free agents. (Half kidding.)
Lightning sign D Carle to six-year, $33M contract
Now we can really laugh at Detroit. From TSN.ca