Minneapolis, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Excitement for Minnesota Wild fans on Monday was at an all-time high as newly acquired stars Zach Parise and Ryan Suter were officially introduced as the organization's newest members.
The two were widely considered this year's top available free agents, and both signed 13-year, $98 million contracts with Minnesota this past Wednesday.
Parise will wear #11 for the Wild while Suter's jersey is #20, and both were given an alternate captain 'A' for the Monday afternoon news conference.
"We're coming into a very good team, and we're going to come and try to help the team for a long time," Parise said. "That's our approach, and we're hoping that Ryan and I can come in an help a team that already has a lot of pieces in place."
"We understand there is a lot of potential," Suter said. "We have to go out and perform, and we have to win. It all comes down to winning."
Parise is a Minneapolis native and has spent his entire seven-year
career with New Jersey after being drafted 17th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
The 27-year-old center finished the 2011-12 regular season with 31 goals and 38 assists before tallying eight goals and seven assists in the Devils' postseason run to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Parise played two high school seasons with Shattuck-St. Mary's in Minnesota before playing two seasons from 2002-04 with North Dakota in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).
The now former Devil played 502 regular season games in New Jersey, totaling 194 goals and 216 assists during that span.
Suter, meanwhile, was drafted seventh overall by Nashville in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and has spent his entire seven-year career with the Predators.
The Madison totaled seven goals and 39 assists this past regular season with the Predators, and then he tallied one goal and three assists during Nashville's postseason run into the second round.
Suter played just one collegiate season, competing in 2003-04 with Wisconsin in the WCHA. In 542 career regular season games with Nashville, he tallied 38 goals and 200 assists.