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Updated: July 3rd, 2012 4:18pm
Wild, Red Wings believed to have met with Ryan Suter in Madison

Wild, Red Wings believed to have met with Ryan Suter in Madison

by Judd Zulgad
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Zach Parise isn't the only big-name free agent that the Minnesota Wild is pursuing.

Defenseman Ryan Suter remains on the Wild's wish list, but just like with Parise, the competition to land his services is intense.

Reporters staked out at the St. Paul airport on Tuesday afternoon saw Wild owner Craig Leipold, general manager Chuck Fletcher and coach Mike Yeo. They all declined comment after getting off a flight that went through Madison, Wis., where Suter makes his offseason home.

Meanwhile, the Detroit Free Press reported Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland was believed to have met with Suter in Madison, too, although neither side would confirm the meeting took place.

The Free Press reported the Wings made an initial offer of $80 million over 13 years to Suter, 27, on Sunday and have since increased the offer to $90 million.

The Wings, though, have concerns about staying flexible with their salary cap under a new collective bargaining agreement. The current CBA expires on Sept. 15.

Suter's former team, the Nashville Predators, is trying to retain him, with the Wild, Wings and Philadelphia Flyers also in the mix. Suter's agent, Neil Sheehy, told the Free Press "a decision is forthcoming" from his client but declined to say if that decision would be made Tuesday.

The Wings also are competing with the Wild and other teams in their attempt to land Parise. 

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Mike Yeo