Scoops: June 14

Created: 06/14/2012 6:05 PM KSTP.com By: Darren Wolfson

It has been widely known for some time that the Wild will heavily pursue free agent forward Zach Parise on July 1. Minnesota hockey icon Lou Nanne, while appearing on 1500 ESPN earlier this week, said he recently sat down with Wild owner Craig Leipold and money will not be an issue. I hear the Wild will go as high as a 10-year, $90 million offer (maybe higher) with signing bonuses making the contract front-loaded. Assume wherever Parise signs, he'll have a full no-trade clause.

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Former Gopher and local successful agent Ben Hankinson is advising Nick Bjugstad. There's still no official news to report on whether he'll sign with Florida or return to the Gophers for a third year.

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I continue to hear that free agent defenseman Ryan Suter, almost as important to the Wild as Parise, will sign for no less than 6-years/$48M.

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The Wolves came close to signing two-guard Jamal Crawford last December. Then in March, nearly completed a trade to bring him in. Well, he plans on opting out of his deal in Portland, and will be a free agent again this summer. The Wolves remain very high on his wish list.

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Ryan Doumit's agent is hoping the Twins reach out soon to talk contract extension. Signed for just this year, Doumit would like to stick around. If the Twins are not receptive to an extension or a deal can't be worked out, he is prime trade bait leading into the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

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Look for former Gophers basketball recruit Matt Thomas (Onalaska, Wisconsin) to orally commit to Iowa State soon. The two-guard was being heavily pursued by Tubby Smith and staff until a few months ago. It's unknown why they backed off, although maybe they had a good feel that he was headed elsewhere.

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Gophers defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman, who had a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge dropped against him late last week, will not be suspended by coach Jerry Kill.

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Best of luck to Josh Sternquist, who was the Gophers' assistant recruiting coordinator since 2008. He is the new recruiting coordinator for New Mexico. There's little chance Kill lands almost every in-state recruit this year without Sternquist.

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Among pieces of advice departing Gophers athletic director Joel Maturi told his successor, Norwood Teague: don't feel inclined to answer every email. Maturi did for the last 10 years. Maturi insisted that a going-away party wasn't necessary. He'll remain on the U's staff, moving his office to University Avenue. He'll be assisting president Dr. Eric Kaler in many capacities and will teach a class, likely in Sports Management.