Wild could make strong push for Parise, Suter

While the Wild are expected to make a strong push to sign Zach Parise and Ryan Suter when free agency begins Sunday, they might have a hard time selling them on Minnesota being a winning program. GM Chuck Fletcher says, 'We're not far away. I say that all the time. You can't have the stretch that we did last season and call it a fluke."
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While the Wild are expected to make a strong push to sign Zach Parise and Ryan Suter when free agency begins Sunday, they might have a hard time selling them on Minnesota being a winning program. GM Chuck Fletcher says, 'We're not far away. I say that all the time. You can't have the stretch that we did last season and call it a fluke."

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