NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 8: Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils looks on during warmups prior to the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Prudential Center on October 8, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Zach Parise Agrees To 13-Year Deal With Minnesota Wild

The Red Wings have struck out with their top free agent targets, as Zach Parise is joining Ryan Suter to play for the Minnesota Wild.

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Zach Parise Decides To Sign With Minnesota Wild

The Zach Parise sweepstakes has concluded. The winners? The Minnesota Wild, which also won the Ryan Suter sweepstakes. Parise eliminated the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday afternoon and agreed to a 13-year deal with the Wild shortly after, according to the Star Tribune's Michael Russo.

While the Red Wings reportedly made a very intriguing offer to Parise, in the end he opted to join Suter in Minnesota with the Wild. The possibility of a package deal had been talked about as far back as May, but in the last week it didn't seem all that likely. Things dramatically changed in the last day, however, and now the Wild have become the absolute winners of NHL free agency.

In terms of what effect Parise's decision has on the Red Wings, they still have a need to add a top forward to their lineup. Rick Nash trade rumors have been swirling, and there is talk about the Red Wings pursuing Alexander Semin or possibly even Shane Doan. It's a good bet that they will explore those and other options with Parise off the board.

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Zach Parise's Decision 'Likely' Coming On Wednesday

It looks like Ryan Suter won't be the only one deciding on his future on Wednesday. There is a very good chance that fellow free agent Zach Parise will also make a decision on the Fourth of July. From the Free Press' Helene St. James:

It's worth pointing out that we heard something similar from the Parise camp on Tuesday and no decision was made. Just because a decision is considered "likely" doesn't mean there will be one.

Of course, if Ryan Suter decides on Wednesday as is expected, then it would sort of be surprising for Parise to keep waiting. They are the two big dominoes on the open market, and considering there is a lot of talk about both choosing the same team in order to play together, you wouldn't think there would be a huge gap of time in between their decisions.

All I know right now is that I'm both excited and nervous with this process finally starting to wind down. I'm excited for "Suter Watch" and "Parise Watch" to end, but the possibility of the Detroit Red Wings missing out on both players is terrifying.

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Red Wings Still 'In The Mix' For Ryan Suter, Zach Parise

Day one of NHL free agency is starting to wind down and the top two UFAs are still unsigned. Both Ryan Suter and Zach Parise fielded calls from what seems like most of the league on Sunday, and they are planning to wait to make a decision until Monday.

While no firm decisions have been made one way or the other, Suter and Parise have at least started to narrow down the list of teams they are interested in. Luckily for the Detroit Red Wings, both Suter and Parise still have them in the mix heading into Monday.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland also said that the team made "presentations or pitches to the Parise and Suter camps" on Sunday. In other words, their work is done. Now it's up to the free agents to make their decisions.

By this time on Monday, the Red Wings should have a much better idea of what their roster will look like going forward, allowing additional moves to fall into place.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.

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Zach Parise Rumors: List Of Teams Narrowed Down, Decision Coming On Monday

Monday could either be a really awesome or really awful day for the Detroit Red Wings. Not only is defenseman Ryan Suter set to make his decision on Monday, but so is forward Zach Parise. The two free agents have spent Sunday fielding offers, and both players are expected to make a final decision on Monday after having a bit more time to think things over.

For Parise, his decision on Monday will come after he reconvenes with his agents in the morning to further discuss the offers he has received, according to Michael Russo. Parise has already narrowed the list of teams he is considering, according Bob McKenzie, so the process of coming to a decision is progressing.

If the Detroit Red Wings turn out to not be one of the teams still in the mix to land Parise, chances are word will leak out. Right now, there has been no indication that the Red Wings are out of the mix, so let's hope it stays that way.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.

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Red Wings Submit Contract Offers To Ryan Suter, Zach Parise

While there has been a lot of contradictory information about the Detroit Red Wings' plans to meet with free agents Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, one piece of news has been confirmed by general manager Ken Holland. Specifically, Holland confirmed to the Free Press' Helene St. James that the Red Wings have submitted contract offers to both Suter and Parise. This should come as no surprise, of course, but this news has now been confirmed.

Confirmation that offers have gone out to Suter and Parise came after there were various reports in the last hour that contradicted each other. Mainly, there was a lot of differing info on Parise and the Red Wings' plans to meet with him. At one point, there was a report that the Red Wings had a meeting scheduled with Parise. Then, Pierre LeBrun reported that the meeting was off despite the fact that Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock was already in Toronto for the meeting.

It turns out the confusion was a result of Parise's agent canceling all in-person meetings due to the ridiculous amount of interest in his client. MLive's Ansar Khan has more on this:

But Parise's agent, Don Meehan, called them and said he has canceled all meetings because more than 20 clubs have asked to see him and he can't possibly accommodate everybody.

Meehan told teams to submit their best offer by phone, and the Red Wings have submitted a big one. Parise will consider all the offers.

According to St. James, Babcock is now headed home from Toronto after not meeting with anybody. At the start of the day, it seemed like the Red Wings would be having in-person meetings with both Parise and Suter, but in the end neither player is hosting meetings for the time being. Perhaps this will change once the two players narrow down the list of teams they are interested in.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.

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