Wild buys out deals with Parise and Suter
The Minnesota Wild has opted to buy out their deals with Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. Both are in the last runs of their four-year deals with the team, but they are now on their way to a new home sooner or later as they wait for a team in the free agent market.
Both Zach and Ryan are now good to sign with any team in the NHL as soon as July 28. The Wild look to make some room for either new talents that they can sign in the market or a rookie from the NHL Draft.
The team made it to the playoffs in eight of nine years with the duo but has failed to make it past the first round since 2015. If the team did not buy out their deals, there is a need to protect them before the 2021 NHL Expansion draft since both have a no-move clause in their deals.
GM Bill Guerin thanked both of them for the past nine years they have given to the team. The GM noted that both have been a huge part of the squad in their runs but they had to come up with a big call to move forward.
‘We know how much they've meant to this team and to the city’, the GM said. ‘So like I said, these are not great choices to make, these are not great decisions to make, but you have to make them and you stand by them’.
Parise has scored 18 points on seven goals and 11 assists in 45 games in 2021. He scored 400 points with 199 goals and 201 assists in 558 games for his career. He is third in goals and points, seventh in games played and eighth in assists for the team.
Suter had 19 points with three goals and 16 assists as he played 56 games last season. He had a total of 369 points in 55 goals and 314 assists for the team while playing 656 games. He is the team’s leader in points, assists, and power play points for all defencemen.
Minnesota now has to move forward and make sure they get the best in their roster to get another shot at the playoffs.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores