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Zach Parise says he’d “love” to play on same team as Ryan Suter

Jul 3, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

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Many people* are getting antsy when it comes to the holding pattern on the Zach Parise and Ryan Suter signings. Parise spoke with NHL Home Ice’s Josh Rimer tonight on a wide range of subjects, including the tantalizing possibility of joining Suter on the same team.

Here are some of those quotes, via Tracey Myers and Stephen Whyno:

“I would love to play on a team with a defenseman like Ryan Suter,” Parise said. “We’ve talked. Ryan and I are friends. We’ve definitely talked throughout this thing.”

Michael Russo says he knows “for a fact” that the two will speak tonight.

Parise told Rimer that the process has been “stressful” and a “life-altering decision” while thanking everyone for being patient while he ponders his choices. Apparently many team captains have called him on their teams’ behalf, for one thing.

Parise doesn’t exactly appreciate the Lebron James comparisons, though.

“I don’t like when anyone is drawing those comparisons to LeBron,” Parise said.

Then again, that comparison wouldn’t be as insulting if Parise gets even richer and maybe wins a championship in the next few years. He seems to know that to do that, he needs to make the right “decision.”

It just might not come as soon as many hope.

* – Particularly media members itching to go on vacation, I’d guess

  1. icdogg - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Well I guess he could get a special on ESPN to announce where he’s taking his talents to.

    • hockinj25 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:46 PM

      Yeah because ESPN loves hockey.

      • icdogg - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:48 PM

        good point

  2. arsement - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    I realize how pathetic I am to incessantly google ‘Zach Parise’ and ‘Ryan Suter’ in hopes to find the first article that breaks which team they sign with!!!

    • grillmarks - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:42 PM

      You and me both!!

      • lordfletcher - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:58 PM

        You should wait to do this till Thursday,. We won’t be hearing anything tonight or tomorrow by the sound of it – per Michael Russo. Parise will be in his boat tomorrow on Lake Minnetonka

      • lordfletcher - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:17 PM

        take that back… Russo now think Parise and Suter will make their decision tomorrow …. UGH!

        per interview on

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:21 AM

        Hopefully Bryant McKinney didn’t rent the boat and Zach and friends are simply purifying themselves

      • jrmehle - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:00 AM

        Clarifying Russo’s comments on Rimer’s show. It sounded like he thought the news might leak out tomorrow, but the official announcement would come Thursday.

  3. steelhammer92 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Don’t sweat it Zach. Lebron is a one of a kind douche bag. Nobody can reach his level.

  4. sknut - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Well the fans of the Wild would love for that to happen so come on down and join the Wild :-)

    Of course there are 29 other teams that would like this as well.

  5. azpackerbacker - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    So could we be days away before Parise tells the crowd at the Excel Energy Center: “Not 5, not 6, not 7….”

    • crosberries - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:19 AM


  6. uscthom78 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    History repeats itself and Zach is bring Suter along. #2005.

  7. lordfletcher - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    it’s the MN Wild. Seems to be getting better and better for MN fans.

    Russo said Parise will be on the lake tomorrow so we won’t hear (most likely) till Thursday and this gives a crap ton of hope to me and my fellow Wild guys.


  8. davidsmj22 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    This was brought up before free agency began that they would enjoy being on the same team. If they are really shooting for that, then Minnesota and Detroit just got happier.

  9. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    How funny would it be if they both signed in Nashville? Everybody would be so mad and it would be completely out of the blue, it would be terrific!

  10. istallion - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    I hope they both go to Minny and make up their minds ASAP.

  11. kvanhorn87 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    How many teams are believed to have made an offer to both?

    • lordfletcher - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:20 PM

      two. Detroit and MN.

      Suter’s list. MN / Detroit / nashville

      Parise. MN / Pitt / maybe Detroit / no one else, but CHI / Philly

      • lordfletcher - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:21 PM

        I should say: more than that have made an offer but those teams above are the only ones that are in play at this point.

        It’s really down to MN or Det. for both

      • martysbetter - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:23 PM

        You forget the part where he said he talks to Lou 3 or 4 times a day?

      • martysbetter - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:24 PM

        oh wait i misread the original comment

      • lordfletcher - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:37 PM

        I don’t think NJ is in contention at this point. he would have signed day two if he was going back to NJ.

        Lou screwed this up, plain and simple. Should have paid the man last year, I still can’t understand why he didn’t.

        Parise would have taken a contact for 7 years $50 million or so last summer, now look. Lou is a great GM but he makes me scratch my head at times.

        -Wild fan

      • pmac26 - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:46 AM

        Pittsburgh does have offers out to both players

  12. raoool - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    funny (pathetic?) how everyone knows who has and has not made offer(s) – or has their favorite ‘authority’ on the subject who today decided they’re going to… (pick any team / combination of team).

    Why is it that the quote says “I would love to play on a team with a defenseman like Ryan Suter” but all the headlines say “Parise wants to play with Ryan Suter”. Suter’s a good defenseman, but he’ll be way overpaid.

    Where’s the pool? My money’s on Parise staying in NJ under a less than lifetime deal and Suter going to MN – the biggest pile of $ – for a decade + (which one or both parties will want out of in 4 years or less).

    • lordfletcher - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:39 PM

      Your money is on NJ?

      I will take that (internet) bet. Say 7 trillion dollars?

      He isn’t signing with NJ

  13. myspaceyourface - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Who are the teams that could afford both of these player? If neither of them are going to require top dollar to play together, where could they end up?

  14. jimbroney - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    I like hockey.

  15. malcolmsbeard - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Over it. Tired of waiting to hear the dramatic decision of who an undersized defenseman and the captain of a team are going to sign a multimillion deal with while gleefully screwing over their previous team.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:24 AM

      Earning your free agency is “gleefully screwing over their previous team?”
      Ohhh you mean the Devils who took the business approach and refused to offer Zach a deal last year because he was coming off injury and they didn’t want to risk making him an offer to keep him in jersey?

      • malcolmsbeard - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:32 AM

        Yeah, theawesomea$$holefranchise, the Devils who aren’t offering another $10 million on top of the $90 mil he’ll already make. I guess loyalty doesn’t matter when you have to “feed your family.” douche.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:59 AM

        The Devils could have had him signed last year for 30-40% less if they had faith in their Captain. They decided to wait and see. And got burned badly.
        They played it business-like, and now he is as well. And look how mad you are about it now.
        Your Tears are Delicious

      • malcolmsbeard - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:38 AM

        Again, over it and don’t care. Not a Dev’s fan. Now go to sleep in mom’s basement and stop making assumptions.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 4, 2012 at 3:07 AM

        LOL He mad

  16. capsfan19 - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    This just in, the boat parise was on was white and red, although there were trees on the lakeshore that were a forest green… Based on these significant details we can make solid assumptions were they will sign.

  17. anthonycarch22 - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Both go to Detroit, Weber to Pitt, Ryan to philly, Nash to sharks.

  18. motownsilver - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    Sounds good to me!

  19. zaksyuk - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Well guys if they wana play together and win a championship soon it looks like detroit. Or maybe im crazy but ehh

  20. halo81 - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Team that has offered both, can afford both and gives both the best chance to win.


    Which means they won’t sign there.

  21. allhelmetnoballs - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Next years free agent class will be Alot deeper.. Give me perry and weber.


  22. anthonycarch22 - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    No way!! This is a pretty sick FA year in a while

  23. theageofquarrel - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    Why would anybody wanna play in Minnesota? Every one of their sports teams suck!!! That is a fact!!! When was the last time any of their teams won a championship?

    • spiciercheez - Jul 4, 2012 at 7:26 AM

      This is about the future, not the past.

    • docktorellis - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      Uh… Last year? Lynx won WNBA championship. Of course you sound like the type who’ll dismiss that because ‘women don’t sports good,’ or some similar mouth-breather logic.

  24. williplett - Jul 4, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    I’m a Wild fan since day one and I’m tired of all the worthless speculation. If Parise or Suter or both come here so be it. I’m not one of the guys who continue to regurgitate speculation and pine away for these guys. Who cares about where private planes go? It’s like reading a magic 8 ball. I’ve been a fan through fat and lean. If they come then they come. If they don’t come they don’t come. What is the point in stressing over the news?

    At this point Parise and Suter are going to be stressing themselves out to justify the hype and the 13 year contract and $100mil deals anyway.

    Semin, Ryan and Nash score 30 goals a year and they don’t bring this intense mess in their wake. If I’m a GM I’m thinking about plan B and moving on.

    Just me.

  25. monkeyjuice313 - Jul 4, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    Of course he’d wanna play with Sutter. He’s gonna be top 5 defensemen for the next 8 years. It’s what you’re supposed to say as a primadonna free agent. Go back to the Devils, cuz I don’t buy you’d go to Nashville or Detroit. Because that’s where Sutter is going. I hope you enjoy the attention because its the last you’re gonna get when you sign with NJ.

  26. bluzyhound - Jul 4, 2012 at 5:43 AM

    There was no way in a business like hockey The Devs were going
    To offer him a huge contract after he was coming off a meniscus knee surgery like he had. Missing almost the entire year.
    He made 6 million on a chance that he wouldn’t be able to go.
    He is a great hustler but he is not a 50 goal scorer. 30 goals a year for five consecutive years is great.
    However, The Devs have David Clarkson who was not even drafted and had 30 goals in 11-12.
    Does 30 goals a year make you Crosby money?
    I don’t think so.

  27. broadstbully33 - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    philly offered matching 100 million dollar offers a new boat, a house, and their own locker room so they can shower together. per tim panatchio

  28. wildinminny - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    The Lynx won a championship just last year!

  29. blomfeld - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:17 AM


    The smirk on this creep’s face says it all. How do you go from captaining your team in the Stanley Cup final to then walking away from your team in a span of less than three weeks ? This turncoat isn’t just a disgrace to the institution of “captaincy” … he’s a disgrace to the entire notion of honor and loyalty ! Suffice it to say that the team stupid enough to take on this parasite, will be fully deserving of the upset and disappointment that is sure to follow !

    • spiciercheez - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:52 AM

      How is your day going Bitterman?

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