THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 4
2012: Zach Parise decides to go home, and he brings Ryan Suter with him.
After spending the better part of three days weighing offers, Parise and Suter decide to sign with the Minnesota Wild. Each receives a 13-year contract.
Parise, a Minneapolis native coming off a 31-goal season when he helps the New Jersey Devils reach the Stanley Cup Final, can't resist the temptation to play at home. The forward is joined by Suter, a defenseman and native of Madison, Wisconsin, who comes to the Wild after seven seasons with the Nashville Predators.
"This is a great day in the history of the Minnesota Wild," general manager Chuck Fletcher says. "This is a huge commitment on [owner Craig Leopold's] part, on our organization's part. It took a lot of courage and commitment for all of us to go after these players.
"As for Ryan and Zach, we are extremely excited to add their skill, their experience and their character to what we feel is already a pretty promising roster."
1994: The St. Louis Blues acquire Al MacInnis from the Calgary Flames for Phil Housley in a trade involving two defensemen and future members of the Hockey Hall of Fame. MacInnis plays with the Blues until retiring after the 2003-04 season; Housley spends less than two full seasons in Calgary before being traded to the Devils. He returns to the Flames in 1998 and plays three seasons.
Video: Al MacInnis rode slap shot to Hall of Fame
2013: The Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars agree to a seven-player trade. Boston sends center Tyler Seguin, forward Rich Peverley and defenseman Ryan Button to Dallas for forward Loui Eriksson and prospectsJoe Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser.
The key piece for the Stars is Seguin, a 21-year-old who was the No. 2 pick in the 2010 NHL Draft and has 121 points (56 goals, 65 assists) in 203 games with the Bruins. But he's traded after scoring one goal in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games despite being second on Boston with 70 shots on goal.
The biggest chip coming back to the Bruins is Eriksson, a 28-year-old forward who's had at least 26 goals and 71 points in each of the three previous full seasons. He scores 10, 22 and 30 goals in three seasons with Boston before being traded the Vancouver Canucks.