Wild's NHL odds jump after signing Parise, Suter
The Minnesota Wild sent shock waves through the NHL with the signing of free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter Wednesday – an impact being felt all the way to the sportsbooks.
Minnesota’s acquisitions have moved its Stanley Cup futures odds from 200-1
to as low as low as 22-1, with some offshore markets offering the Wild at 75-1.
The deal gives Minnesota a proven scorer and a leader in Parise, who netted 31 goals and assisted on 38 others as captain of the New Jersey Devils, and a solid defenseman with play-making abilities in Suter, who scored seven goals and tied for the team lead in assists with 39 for the Nashville Predators.
According to the Minnesota Star Tribune
, both players are in line for 13-year deals with Parise reportedly set to make $98 million.
The Wild finished 12th in the Western Conference with a 35-36-2-9 record last season – 14 points out of a playoff spot. They finished dead last in scoring, averaging only 2.02 goals on 26.5 shots per game, and posted a 30-36-16 over/under mark.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are the favorites to win the 2012-13 Stanley Cup, priced at +700, followed by the Vancouver Canucks (+1,100), New York Rangers (+1,200), and the defending champion Los Angeles Kings (+1,200).