Minnesota Wild introduce Parise, SuterMinnesota (WDAY TV) -- The Minnesota Wild introduced their $196 million investment today. Zach Parise and Ryan Suter put the Wild sweater on for the first time at a Press conference at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Never has hockey been so popular in Minnesota in the month of July.
By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY
Minnesota (WDAY TV) -- The Minnesota Wild introduced their $196 million investment today. Zach Parise and Ryan Suter put the Wild sweater on for the first time at a Press conference at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Never has hockey been so popular in Minnesota in the month of July.
10 years ago, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter made a decision not to play in Minnesota. Parise, a Minneapolis native went to play at the University of North Dakota and Suter chose his home-state Wisconsin Badgers.
Zach Parise: "Hopefully everyone can forgive us for not choosing the Gophers about 10 years ago."
This time around, they picked Minnesota, and have a contract that keeps them in Wild uniform until they're 40 years old. But, the duo wants to win now, and they're hoping the decision they made will help Minnesota be a contender for years to come.
Ryan Suter: "People see the warm welcome we're getting right now and they see how much commitment the owner shows. That says a lot for players and we're going to try to help to get as many free agents here as we can."
By investing nearly 200 million dollars in a pair of prized free agents the Wild immediately takes on lofty expectations. Something the head coach isn't shying away from.
Mike Yeo - Wild Coach: "You can talk about pressure and to me that just sounds like a negative thing. But, to me that's a good thing. It's going to change the way we view ourselves and what we're capable of."
The Wild hasn't played a postseason game since 2008. But, It was only one month ago that Parise led New Jersey to within 2 wins of a Stanley Cup. Now he's hoping he can do the same with the Wild.
Zach Parise: "The big thing I learned about it. It's about getting into the playoffs right now. I think the league is so even. There was a 6 and an 8 seed in the finals. It's about getting in and then peaking at the right time."
The Wild has sold nearly 2,000 new season tickets since the duo signed on July 4th.