Wednesday, July 04, 2012
The dawn of a new era is upon us..... One could say that today was a historic day in Minnesota Wild History.
Here are some quotes from today....
Parise: "Every kid who’s grown up in Minnesota would love to play for the Wild. That’s the way it is."
Parise on Koivu: "They've already got a captain, and they've got a great captain.
Suter says toughest call he's ever had to make in his life was to David Poile. "It was so hard"
Parise says, "It was between New Jersey and Minnesota. I'm a loyal person, I love playing [in NJ]."Parise says, "Just the opportunity to play at home, it really meant a lot to me and my family. My parents were so excited, ..."
Parise on playing at home being a part of his decision: "It was a very big part of it."
Suter says they were texting each other back and forth where "we can both work. Last night into this morning it became realistic."
Parise: Ryan and I had talked throughout the year. 'Wouldn't be great to have a chance to play on the same team?'
Parise said that he and Suter talked "throughout the year," in case this didn't already feel enough like the Heat.
Lamoriello confirms Ryan Suter had no desire to play in Eastern Conference.
“I was just waiting to hear the news,” Cullen said a couple hours after the deals were announced. “It was a pretty exciting time just waiting to see what would happen. … I had a really strong idea that we were right in the mix.”
Matt Cullen on today's trade. ”I was ecstatic,” he said. “It’s pretty exciting when you get one guy of that caliber. To get two is pretty unheard of. Strictly from the standpoint of a Minnesotan, it’s unbelievable. We haven’t had a great deal of players at this level. To get two, it changes the look of our team.”
"If we work hard and get some breaks," Fletcher said, "there's no reason we can't be pretty good."
Finally, it can be told: Zach Parise pronounces his name "pah-ree-SEE." Says you'd have to ask his dad how he pronounces it.
Suter: "Nashville is on the rise, but it came down to Zach had a big part in the decision, and my family."
According to Pierre LeBrun, "for Suter, it came down to Nashville, Detroit and Minnesota."