The Wild began their plan to get Zach Parise and Ryan Suter months ago, trying to figure out how they might attract the two biggest stars in this year's NHL free-agent class in a move that could revitalize the franchise. But even as they were plotting it, they didn't necessarily expect it would work.

"I don't think you ever think it's realistic you can land both of them," general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "We felt if we could land a top (defenseman) or a top forward, it would really help our team. I don't think you ever go into it assuming you're going to land both of them."