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).