On Tuesday, the Minnesota Wild announced that the team will buy out the final four years of the contracts of forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter. Both players will become unrestricted free agents on July 28.
The Wild will pay each $6.7 million over the next eight years and be charged with $2.371 million, $6.371 million, $7.371 million and $7.371 million cap hits in the next four years, respectively, for each, then $833,333 cap hits the four years after that for each.
At 36 years old, Parise could take the money and hang up the skates, though it sounds like he prefers to test the market and pursue his NHL career. And it might have already found a team who is willing to make him an offer as a free agent.
Dan Rosen of NHL.com believes that the New York Islanders will be interested in the veteran forward’s services. As we all know, general manager Lou Lamoriello loves to get former players back on his roster.
Parise left the New Jersey Devils back in 2012, after losing the 2012 Cup final to the Los Angeles. Lamoriello was GM in Jersey at the time and saw Parise sign back home in Minnesota as a free agent.
There was no animosity between Lou and Parise for the free-agent signing. This is what the veteran forward said at the time, defending his former GM who was being accused of letting him walk.
“Lou has his policies and his way of doing things,” Parise said. “It’s not as if Lou waited until June 29 or 30 to pick up the phone. We had talked before that, we had talked the summer before that. I don’t think it’s fair to say that Lou waited until the last minute, because that wasn’t the case.”
Lamoriello sure has his ways and we know how he loves to reunite with former players who did well under him. Rosen believes this is the case here with Parise.
Parise tallied 400 points in 558 regular season games with the Wild, scoring seven goals and adding 11 assists in 45 games in 2020-21. After spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Devils, Parise has 393 goals and 417 assists in 1,060 regular season games over 16 NHL seasons.
We’ll keep an eye on this…