ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – The Minnesota Wild is investing every resource it has to try and land one of the biggest free agents in NHL history this week.
Minnesota native Zach Parise, who was a captain for the New Jersey Devils last season, entered free agency on Sunday. Ever since, he’s been fielding contract offers from several teams around the NHL.
That list includes the Wild, who announced on Twitter Monday that they offered Parise a contract almost immediately after he became a free agent. Landing Parise would immediately improve the Wild and make the team a playoff contender.
It would come at a price as Parise is likely to sign a contract wherever he ends up at around 10 years and more than $100 million. He is also likely to get a large signing bonus with a lockout looming in the NHL.
Reports out suggest that Parise will make a decision Tuesday, and what could follow immediately is the decision of another hot free agent in Ryan Suter. The Wild is pursuing both, and if it somehow gets both, the team becomes a Stanley Cup contender this upcoming season.