Posted-May 7th, 2013 10:14 am
When the Minnesota Wild signed Zach Parise and former Badger Ryan Suter to twin 13-year, $98 million contracts last July, they were hoping they'd be able to lead the team back to the playoffs.
That happened when the Wild clinched the eighth seed and a postseason berth for the first time since 2008.
Suter, a Madison native, was honored for his role by being named a finalist for the Norris Trophy as outstanding defenseman.
Suter scored 4 goals and registered28 assists in the condensed 48 game regular season. But Suter's biggest value was in leading the NHL in minutes played averaging over 27 minutes per game. A trend that has continued into the playoffs where Suter has logged over 32 minutes per game thru 3 games versus the Blackhawks in the 1st round.
The Professional Hockey Writers Association also voted the Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban and Pittsburgh Penguins' Kris Letang among their top three.
(Copyright Associated Press)