Fantasy Impact: The Minnesota Wild have signed both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to 13-year contracts, worth reportedly close to $100 million.



The Wild get: the two top free agents on the market for 2012. Zach Parise, prior to his knee injury in 2010, was considered one of the five best forwards in the game (arguably). After taking much of that season off to recover from surgery he posted modest numbers in 2011-12. Ryan Suter is probably the most underrated two-way defenseman in the game. While the hockey world frothed at the mouth over the tremendous play of Shea Weber - with many handing him their own personal Norris Trophy - it was Suter who was often the better defenseman in Nashville. The team seemed to suffer more when Suter was out of the lineup, versus when Weber was out.


Fantasy Players Impacted: The range of expected points for Parise is vast - anywhere from the 69 points he tallied last year to the 94 points he got in 2009. For Suter, he's coming off a career high of 46 points and he will almost certainly build on that in a more free-flowing system with expected offense generated from the youngsters.


On defense, the move to sign Suter probably removes Tom Gilbert from the top PP unit and Marco Scandella or Steve Kampfer from the secondary one. Jared Spurgeon is a risk as well, but I think he'll hang onto that top spot and actually flourish with Suter. Potential star rookie Jonas Brodin will be allowed to develop slowly as either a No.4 or 5 d-man, or in the AHL/Sweden. In 2016 the pairing of Suter and Brodin will be one of legends. Mark it.


Up front, Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund are the top two centers. One will play with Dany Heatley while the other plays with Parise. But that certainly beats Heatley and Darroll Powe! Give both of them a boost. The only person really losing from the Parise signing is maybe Devin Setoguchi, as he loses some PP time.



Potential line combos:


Zach Parise Mikko Koivu PM Bouchard
Dany Heatley Mikael Granlund Devin Setoguchi
Matt Cullen Kyle Brodziak Cal Clutterbuck
Darroll Powe Zenon Konopka Torey Mitchell
Jason Zucker Johan Larsson Nick Palmieri
Ryan Suter Tom Gilbert
Jared Spurgeon Marco Scandella
Steven Kampfer Jonas Brodin
Nate Prosser Clayton Stoner
Parise Koivu Heatley
Suter Spurgeon
Bouchard Granlund Setoguchi
Gilbert Scandella/Kampfer/Brodin




Fantasy Players this helps, in order:

Everyone on the Wild. Make no mistake. But some more than others so let's give it a try...

1. Suter

2. Koivu

3. Granlund

4. Parise

5. Niklas Backstrom


Fantasy Players this hurts, in order:

1. Setoguchi

2. Gilbert

3. Scandella

4. Brodin

5. Jason Zucker



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Millhouse said:

... I don't believe Nashville will miss Suter the way people think they will. He was a part of a system. Yes he is a good defenceman, but I don't believe he is worth the money he is getting. Just watch Nashville will be fine and will go on with life just like in the past.
July 04, 2012
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number54 said:

You don't think this hurts Heatley? Somehow, I highly doubt that Playing next to Granlund on the 2nd line will be beneficial to Dany Heatley. He just flatly slid down the MIN depth chart by one full line and I can't see how this does anything but hurt his value.

Moreover, based on your line projections this is a HUGE boost for Setoguchi, who now gets to play with Heatley and Granlund, as opposed to nobody.
July 04, 2012
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Anthony Lancione said:

Depth I wonder how the dynamic duo from the Saint John Sea Dogs will factor into tis lineup. I believe Charlie Coyle and Zack Phillips will make legitimate claims to make this team as well. I can see a Setoguchi-Coyle-Phillips, 3rd line pairing by some point in 2013!
July 04, 2012
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repenttokyo said:

i would love to see dobber's personal norris trophy can he post a pic?
July 04, 2012
Votes: +1

5hole said:

Heatley RW I dont think they will take Heater of the RW.
PM Bouchard Mikko Koivu Dany Heatley
Zach Parise Mikael Granlund Devin Setoguchi
Zach PariseMikko Koivu Devin Setoguchi
PM BouchardMikael Granlund Dany Heatley
July 04, 2012
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Dobber said:

... Just to be clear, I only look at the impact of the team they sign with, not the team they left
July 04, 2012
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swampmule said:

Granlund Methinks Granlund will get moved to the wing now, unless Cullen (who recruited these guys hard) or Brodziak get traded, or else Konopka gets benched LOTS. What about Coyle too? Thoughts?
July 04, 2012
Votes: -1

Guinnies_Moustache said:

Mr Zizzla
... Players this hurts
Rinne and everyone's +/- on the Preds.
The NJ Devils franchise.
July 04, 2012
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1Wabbit1 said:

... How about Ryan Ellis - does this open up more playing time for the youngster?
July 04, 2012
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Rad64 said:

... Minnesota goal tending, Backstrom and Harding get a big boost from adding Suter and Parise.
July 04, 2012
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shevyx said:

... Dont forget Dumba is coming through the ranks as well. imagine Dumba/Suter
July 04, 2012
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gfhyde said:

So... Players this hurts:

Kovalchuk smilies/tongue.gif

How much trouble are the Devils in without Parise?

That's a huge deal for Suter. That's more money than Brian Campbell makes! That's more than Doughty, Chara and Karlsson.

...And like, a million bucks more per season than Wade Redden smilies/wink.gif
July 04, 2012
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Sportfreunde said:

... What about Spurgeon? He's better than Scandella as far as I'm concerned so how does it affect him? Help or not?
July 04, 2012
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STONE. said:

... Don't forget Backstrom/Harding -- big beneficiaries methinks.
July 04, 2012
Votes: +2
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