Ryan Suter: The 'other' free agent

KFAN's Patrick Brannan writes that signing New Jersey's Zach Parise would be great for the Wild, but fans shouldn't forget about Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter.
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KFAN's Patrick Brannan writes that signing New Jersey's Zach Parise would be great for the Wild, but fans shouldn't forget about Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter.

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