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Wild Stun NHL By Signing Parise And Suter; Columnists Say Team Is Relevant Again
Published July 5, 2012
THE CROWD GOES WILD: In Minneapolis, Jim Souhan writes Leipold yesterday "became the Alpha Male of Minnesota sports owners." Yesterday was "his best day as an NHL owner." Leipold said, "In the ticket office, our phones are ringing off the hook. We had eight people come in today at 12, not knowing what would happen. Now we get both players and we've brought in everybody on the payroll. We have hundreds and hundreds of season tickets sold. It's an amazing day" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 7/5). The GLOBE & MAIL's Eric Duhatschek notes the Wild were "always in the picture financially, but it was critical for Fletcher to sell the pair on the possibility that Minnesota was poised for a major on-ice turnaround as well" (GLOBE & MAIL, 7/5). In St. Paul, Bob Sansevere writes the Wild have "suddenly become relevant, going from a team that was hoping to make the playoffs to a team that will be expected to go deep into the postseason" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 7/5). SI.com's Allan Muir wrote after joining the NHL in '00, the Wild "finally became a team worth watching on Wednesday afternoon." They "became relevant with a stunning coup" (SI.com, 7/4). THE HOCKEY NEWS' Adam Proteau wrote, "Finally, the intense and lasting love the state has for the sport has been rewarded -- and not just through a trade, but through the personal choice of players who could have signed anywhere" (THEHOCKEYNEWS.com, 7/4).