The Minnesota Wild formally introduced Ryan Suter and Zach Parise at a Monday press conference at the Xcel Energy Center, the first public appearance by the free agent duo since they signed with the Wild.
According to an article from The Star Tribune, there is already a buzz surrounding the team heading into next season.
From the article:
"First things first, I've got to pinch myself," said owner Craig Leipold... "Free agents of Zach's and Ryan's caliber are often attracted to the major markets, where there is more attention, brighter spotlights and, frankly, more money. These two chose Minnesota ... and in doing so have transformed our franchise. We've all walked a little taller since July 4th."
Leipold invited the entire Wild staff to the news conference....The looks on their faces conveyed just how much big of a morale booster this has been for a staff that feels losses, in a lot of ways, harder than the players.
Parise and Suter jerseys are flying off the shelves. Almost 2,000 season-tickets have been sold....
Minnesota was 35-36-11 last season, but it pulled the offseason's headline coup by inking identical 13-year, $98 million deal with Suter and Parise.