ST. PAUL, Minn. - Monday was the day Minnesota sports fans got to see what $196 million looks like.
For the first time since signing free agent contracts with the Minnesota Wild on July 4, forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter were in St. Paul together Monday to talk to the media.
The two new members of the Wild donned their new sweaters, both of which had an "A" on the front.
"It was a good feeling walking downstairs [at the Xcel Energy Center] and seeing the logos and going through, getting a little tour of the locker room," Parise said during the press conference. "I think we both got really excited to start."
Parise and Suter were seen as two of the top free agents in the NHL this summer. Both players got identical 13-year, $98 million contracts.
It was reported both free agents turned down more money from other teams before signing with the Wild. On Monday, Suter said, "This is a big market in my eyes and it's only going to get bigger."
Team owner Craig Leipold said he had to pinch himself when he heard the news his club landed both players. Leipold joked that Wild head coach Mike Yeo said he became a better coach overnight after the signings.
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