Parise looking to team-up with Suter in MIN?
It has been no secret that Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are close friends and the whispers have been there for a while now that the two are looking to play together. Parise in fact pretty much confirmed all of that in a radio interview with NHL hockey host Josh Rimer of nextsportstar.com tonight.
“We’ve talked, ” Parise said of him and Suter. “Ryan and I are friends and we’ve definitely talked throughout this thing, ” He said. The two are expected to talk again tonight and Parise had more to say.
“I would love to play on a team with Ryan Suter. To get an opportunity to play with him would be great, ” Parise said.
As I’ve been mentioning for days, the view in league circles has been that the Minnesota Wild are the most logical landing spot for the two as a combo package and the Wild have emerged as one of the front runners for the two.
Teams believed to have made offers to Suter and Parise include the Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, Detroit Red Wings, and Philadelphia Flyers.
The Wild and Red Wings are believed to be in the lead for Suter, while there’s no good feel on the Parise sweepstakes with New Jersey, Chicago, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Philadelphia not being informed that they are out of the mix but a number of those teams have been in the dark on his plans for the past 24 hours.
Momentum today seemed to be moving into the Wild’s direction and strong indications are that Parise’s down to Minnesota or New Jersey.
“That would be really cool, ” Parise said of playing with the Wild due to the connection between the Wild and his father J.P. Parise.
The Wild who have offered Parise a deal worth over $110 million, have also been aggressive in their pursuit of Suter and became the second team to be granted a face to face meeting with Suter, meeting with Suter today at his farm in Madison, along with the Detroit Red Wings.
The Penguins have 12-13 year offers on the table to both players.
Parise would not indicate which teams remain in the mix but did say he’s been in touch with the Devils two-three times a day throughout the process. “I don’t feel comfortable saying who’s in and who’s out, ” Parise said. It’s a life changing decision. Will spend tomorrow on the lake.”