St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter each signed on Wednesday a 13-year, $98 million deal with the Minnesota Wild, and afterward each said via teleconference Minnesota was a place they had long wanted to play.
Parise is from Minnesota, having been born in Minneapolis and played at Shattuck-St. Mary's in high school, and he said Wednesday the idea of coming home solidified his decision to join the Wild organization.
"Just the opportunity to play at home, it meant a lot to me and my family," Parise said. "My parents were so excited. Every kid that's growing up in Minnesota would love to play for the Wild. That's just the way it is, and I was hoping to have that opportunity."
Suter, meanwhile, grew up in Madison before playing college hockey for the University of Wisconsin, but he said Wednesday Minnesota had always been an attractive place for him to continue his professional career.
"I always thought about Minnesota," Suter said. "Minnesota has a lot of good, young players that I think will help make this team successful."
Click on the video link to hear the thoughts of both Parise and Suter after signing their new contracts on Wednesday, and visit the Minnesota Wild web site to hear the teleconference in its entirety.