Apparently current Wild Tom Gilbert and pending FA Ryan Suter are friends, as well Minnesota born Parise is said to be friends with Suter. So is it possible that both Suter and Parise end up as Wild next season?
Currently, the Wild have 6 dmen on their NHL roster, a bunch of them however are on ELC's. Under contract as of now are:
Those 6 combine for only a little over $8M in cap space on the blue line. That is probably among, if not the cheapest, blue line in the NHL right now.
Kurtis Foster and Mike Lundin are both UFAs. Chay Genoway, Justin Falk, and Kris Fredheim are all RFAs.
It is possible that the Wild add Suter, re-sign 1 or 2 other FAs, and demote others to Houston of the AHL.
At forward, the Wild currently have 10 players signed for about $33M.
Adding Parise would likely cost $7.5M, but would give them a potential top line of: Parise-Koivu-Heatley
Of those currently unsigned by the Wild, Guillaume Latendresse and Nick Johnson are both RFAs, while Erik Christensen, Jed Ortmeyer, Warren Peters, Stephen Veilleux, and Matt Kassian are all UFAs.
Minny could add Parise, and re-sign 1 or more forwards to give them 12-13 or so forwards.
Add all that on to a roster that already has a stellar goalie in Nik Backstrom and Josh Harding (UFA) and the Wild instantly become a playoff team once again.
Harding's name is also mentioned as one of the top UFA goalies available. Even if he doesn't return, the Wild are still contenders.