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Wild have sold over 1,500 season tickets since Suter, Parise signings

Jul 7, 2012, 9:11 PM EDT

A general view of the exterior of the Xcel Energy Center before the start of round one during day one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft on June 24, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota.
(June 23, 2011 - Source: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images North America) A general view of the exterior of the Xcel Energy Center before the start of round one during day one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft on June 24, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota. (June 23, 2011 - Source: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images North America)

In case there was any doubt, we got another indication of just how excited Minnesota Wild fans are about the signings of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

According to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, the Minnesota Wild have sold over 1,500 season tickets since Wednesday when the Wild signed the duo and changed the team’s identity.

It’s fair to say that a lot of people in and outside of Minnesota are going to be watching the Wild with great interest when the 2012-13 season begins. They aren’t the first team to follow up a disappointing campaign with a big showing during the free agent process, but it’s rare to see a team land two players of the caliber of Parise and Suter.

Last year, the Buffalo Sabres made a big splash in the summer of 2011 by adding Christian Ehrhoff and Ville Leino to their roster, but Parise has a far better track record than Leino.

All the same, the Sabres are perhaps the most recent cautionary tale. It’s one thing for them to boost their team on paper, but ultimately all this excitement and attention will only last if they follow it up with an impressive showing in 2012-13.

  1. comradeast - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Please, stop with the Parise/Suter articles!

    At what point does beating a dead horse get old?

    Both of of them are great players but will never be elite.

    Wild fans will be stringing up GM Fletcher in <5 years.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:03 PM

      Considering what Fletcher had when he started, Leipold needs to give him a 13 year contract extension as well. I have seen everything positive about Fletcher since day 1. Hiring Richards in hindsight was a mistake, but he did get the interim tag taken off in Columbus. The bad trade, prehaps, the worst in franchise history (remind me if I forgot one) was trading Nick Leddy for Cam Barker. Not resigning Gaborik wasn’t his fault, that blame goes directly on Risebrough. He was on the job less than a month, and as any player would, when your that close to free agency, every player is going to test the market.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      If these guys aren’t elite, who is?

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:46 PM

        Well according Philly trolls, Pronger is much better than Suter. And Giroux is a much better player than Parise…

    • lordfletcher - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      @comradeast.

      Clearly, you know NOTHING of Wild hockey.

      Fletcher has a key to the city and my heart. yeah I said it LOLOLOZ

    • getadealdonealready - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      If you don’t like them, don’t click on them and/or read them.

      I imagine the reason there are so many is because they generate web traffic, which equals AD $……until the clicks stop you will see more headlines with Parise/Suter in them.

  2. vshehane - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    boy are they going to be disappointed

    • williplett - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      Why will Wild fans be disappointed? How can signing the top two available free agents be a bad thing for a team looking to make waves in the NHL? Can you bring at least a tiny bit of substance, insight or knowledge to your posts? You’ve been in full on Poile pout mode since the 4th and it is getting old and boring, pal.

      At this point, posting pictures of the Kleenex you’ve been crying into over the last five days would serve the same purpose and actually be slightly more interesting.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:48 PM

        lol

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Good for the Wild. I consider myself a serious hockey fan but I’ve never paid attention to this small-market team. This signing changes that.

    Anybody who doesn’t think this is good for hockey is either a bitter fan of the teams these guys spurned or just isn’t a hockey fan.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:10 PM

      I agree with you on everything but Minnesota being small market. Middle market would be better.

      Rangers, Islanders (benefit of the doubt), Devils, Kings, Capitals, Sharks, Blackhawks, Maple Leafs, Bruins, Stars, Flyers, Avalanche, Panthers (benefit of the doubt), Red Wings, Coyotes, then Wild. That puts them 16th (Islanders not sure if they are a different market, but gave them the benefit of the doubt).

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:09 AM

        Ya Minny is the 16th largest market in the US. Slightly larger than places like Nassau, Baltimore, St.Louis, Pittsburgh, and Denver.
        12th largest media market that has an NHL team, of course market size does not mean that much, they need to like hockey, which they do in the Twin cities.

        Atlanta and Phoenix are 11th and 15th

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:54 AM

        I don’t think small market is a reasonable term in the NHL, at least not the same way as in other sports, yes cities like Dallas or Miami or Los Angles have big populations but Edmonton (around 900,000) has a much bigger hockey fan population. Because of that cities in Canada and the northern US should be considered the nhl’s big market franchises…Minnesota included.

        Question for the Minnesota fans: does having a few (not sure how many) NCAA hockey teams in the area have an effect on the Wild in terms of ticket sales? Or would they be two different groups of fans? In Calgary for instance we have the Flames and junior Hitmen (owned by the Flames) “competing” but both do well in terms of average attendance (Flames 19,289 Hitmen 8900) because they’re two different groups, the Hitmen are a way bigger family draw.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:16 AM

        Minnesota-Duluth, Bemidji State, Mankato State are all way too far away to have an effect on the Wild. St. Cloud State would be pushing it, they are about an hour and 15 minutes away. The University of Minnesota has their own fan base, and with the program being down the last couple years (until last year) there attendance wasn’t as big as past years. However, they don’t really have that big of an effect on the Wild. U of M usually play Friday and Saturday nights. So realistically the Wild and Gophers only go head to head one a week at best.

  4. mikeincmn - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Im a Wild fan, but I wouldnt consider them small market. The Twin Cities is a top 15 media market and when you consider this is a huge hockey state. Im not saying we are a team in the caliber of philly or new york in terms of market size, but we should sign guys like this and spend the money. The fanbase has proven they will.support a winner.

  5. drez146 - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Small market team… Well if ur a hockey fan then u should enjoy hockey regardless of where it’s played come on man

  6. philly4lyfe - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Minn will support their team? Dallas stars ring a bell?

    • therealjr - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:42 PM

      Spoken like someone who was having their poopy diapers changed when it went down. Get up to speed on your history, son.

  7. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 7, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    I was talkng hockey terms. Right or wrong, if you’re not Detroit, Montreal, Toronto, Chicago, etc. then you’re small-market in most people’s eyes.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:08 AM

      Just your eyes

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:21 AM

        Mine and everybody else’s. I’m not saying our view is right, I’m just saying that’s the reality of pro sports. You’re either big market or you’re small market. The Wild might be a “middle market” team but, as far as most people are concerned, there’s no such thing.

  8. drez146 - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Got ya

  9. dayno66 - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Market size means nothing. Phoenix is one of biggest cities in America. Pittsburgh is tiny. It’s just a matter of whether or not people will support the team. Considering how barren the MN sports scene is I’d say the wild have a chance to take over the market.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      The Wild have no chance of becoming “the team” in this market. This is a Vikings first and foremost, above and beyound any team in this market. The reality is, that is what the NFL does. I’d venture and guess that most NFL teams in their market are “the team.” However, with the way the Twins have regressed in recent years, they most likely passed them. The Wild and T’Wolves will be neck and neck, since they are an up and coming team as well. Not to be out done, the Wolves did go and sign a 3 time all-star themselves (even if he has no cartiledge left in his knees).

      • hockeyflow33 - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:39 PM

        put together some deep playoff runs and that will change

  10. mnskolvikes - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Hey Flyer, the reason the Northstars left Minnesota is because owner Norm Green wouldn’t supply and privately funded dollars towards a new arena. So he moved them after the state voted it down. Minnesota supports a hockey team much better than Philly. Just sayin

  11. blomfeld - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    GOD BLESS AND GOD SPEED …

    Notwithstanding the “insanity” of these contracts, the fact remains that the Minnesota Wild (North Stars) were expansion brothers with us LA Kings back in ’67. It’s common knowledge that their fans are devoted and “values-driven” folk and they have an “indigenous” claim to the game. Therefore, all these “voices of jealousy” need to zip it right here and now ! As a former employee of Northwest Airlines (ie: Cargo Sales Manager Pacific Northwest 1998-2000), I’ll have you know that Minneapolis was previously Northwest’s corporate headquarters and worldwide network hub. At the time, Northwest was the 4th largest US carrier and it’s trans-pacific service was “second to none” among US carriers. Minneapolis is a “big time” city and they have every right to be proud of their teams, including the Wild, who I’ve always had a soft spot for. I get sick and tired of listening to all these condescending Canadians and malicious “east coast” Americans going “on and on” about how superior they are … it’s a complete joke ! Right now, the balance of power lies “completely” in the Western Conference, headed up first by our “glorious” LA Kings and then followed by other excellent teams such as the Canucks, Wild, Oilers, Blues, Preds and Coyotes. If I were a betting man, then I’d bet “dimes to dollars” that a Western Conference team wins the next 10 Stanley Cup Championships ! … with the LA Kings probably taking the next 3-4 right off the bat ! :)

  12. natlbnkilr - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    They will both be trying to go back to a competitive within 4 years… both left perennial playoff teams to play close to home. Suter will be a bust without Weber… no other D-man like him in the league today. Parise will realize it’s really hard to win without Brodeur in the net. The ticket sales are a knee jerk reaction to a team trying to buy a cup… will be entirely different in the next few years when their 2 new stars are trying to escape a losing team…

    • Bliss Fortress - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:04 AM

      ‘The ticket sales are a knee jerk reaction to a team trying to buy a cup…’ Teams try to Win the Cup, not buy it, and you do so by fielding a roster with players who give you the best chance to do that. You field the best roster via trades, the draft, free agency, player development, etc. Sounds like an emotion-based, lack of logic/reality comment & sour grapes.

      • lordfletcher - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:20 PM

        they sold out the first 9 years of their existence.

        The Wild / MN is a GREAT fan base. To say anything else is laughable…

        bad product on the ice the last two years and a tough time for most families in our country $$$. it all makes sense to me.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:24 AM

      Between 1994 and today the NY Rangers have tried to buy the Cup. The lesson? The Cup can’t simply be bought. This isn’t the NBA we’re talking about here.

  13. flyeredup - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Joke team in a city that doesnt deserve any proffessional let alon an NHL team. Twinkies stink, Viqueens are a joke, Tpuppies don’t belong in the NBA Minnesota = Cheyenne. Loser sports city.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:21 AM

      I’m about to rip you to shreds. Phillies have 1 more win than the “Twinks that stink”. Twins are 11 games out, your Phillies, who have a higher payroll is 14. Remember a year ago your Eagles were the “dream team?”. Yeah they played the same amount of games as the Vikings did. Your 6ers won 9 more games than the Wolves did. Oh and your team didn’t lose your 2nd best player for half the year. The big bad Flyers haven’t won a Cup since Afros were in and disco was all the rage. Philly just isn’t a whole lot better.

      • thebigdawg25 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:57 AM

        Well you didnt do a great job trying to “rip” into philly. First off trying to compare the phillies and the twins is a joke. Coming of a world championship in ’08 and 5 straight division titles, what have the twins done in that time period? If you want to talk about the past with the flyers, why not talk about the past with the phillies? yeah the phillies aren’t great this year. Injuries haven’t helped though. Losing their three and four hitter, doc, cliff lee, vance worley, and their two best right handed relief pitchers (outside of pap) isn’t a small task to overcome. The eagles have been a top ten most successful nfl franchise in the last decade. Can’t say the same for the Vikings. Come talk me when the birdgang win this years superbowl and then we will talk about a dream team. By the way how does it feel to have the vikings as a prime contender to move to LA. Yeah great fan base. The sixers were one game away from the eastern conference finals. They took a clearly favored team in boston to seven games. What were the twolves doing during thr playoffs? You said they only won 9 more games then the twolves but fail to consider the wolves didn’t even make the postseason. Say what you want about the drose injury but the fact is that the bulls had a very good record without him and the sixers still finished their business. Then you make anothet asinine point about the flyers. The same flyers who ate a perennial cup contender regardless of who is on the roster. The same flyers who can go to the cup with three goalies or physically man-handle the belovedpenguins with bryzgalov.

      • thebigdawg25 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:59 AM

        All I’m saying is yeah the Philadelphia sports market is a whole lot better

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:38 AM

        The Kings have won a whole Cup since June. How many Cups have the Flyers won since last Wednesday?

        Oh, and how many games back are the Phils? How many games has Cliff Lee won this year? How many HRs has Howard hit?

        Oh wait, how many Cups have the Flyers won since we put down fascism? Less than the Leafs, you say? I guess JVR is on the right team.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:49 AM

        Yeah Philly is such much better as whole. Twins have won more division championships than the Phillies since 2002. Both have only won 2 World Series, not sure how the Phils are better.

        Vikings have been to more Super Bowls, more conference championship games, more division titles, more playoff apperances, and have a better winning percentage than the Eagles.

        Since the Wolve came in 1989-90, the 76ers (who were established then, and won 54 and 44 games the wolves first 2 years) average 4.5 wins more a season than the Wolves, who were bad to begin with and bad last 5 years. Somehow the 76ers are way better than the Timberwolves.

        Wild and Flyers don’t have enough history to compare, Flyers even started in a division that was just expansion teams, and didn’t play near as many games as they do now. So it’s virtually impossible to compare the two.

        So how exactly is Philly so much better than Minnesota?

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:55 AM

        and the first 2 years of the Wolves brought that number up by 2 wins a year. So really even if you give the Wolves 2 years to even get going, they are only 2.5 wins a year better. That that still takes in effect how bad the Wolves were their first 7, well really 8 because they snuck into the playoffs with a losing record. And their past 7 years as being a terrible team. That doesn’t speak too highly of the 76ers.

    • purpleguy - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      The other posts do a great job of showing how MN spots are equal to or better than Philly’s sports. My only addition is that fans in MN have never booed Santa Claus or otherwise been so scummy as to have a jail located in the stadium to house all the game-day lawbreakers — so you do have us on that one.

  14. mattmc20 - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Thebigdawg- I am from Michigan but I have to stand up for Minny here in every sense. Aside from the Phillys winning in 08, you are on the same terms as Minny. The Twins won several division titles in the past decade all with half the payroll, the Eagles have won the same amount of Super Bowls as the Vikings and Lions in the past decade, the 76ers have done just as well as the T-wolves in championships, and don’t even get me started about the Flyers. Don’t use “we ate (I think you meant are) cup contenders every year.”. The ONLY people who think that are bias media and illogical fans. Your team is no where near contending for a cup. The last time you tried the Red Wings swept your sorry ass out of the cup. I hate the Wings lost Suter and I don’t think Detroit can win it next year but they will ALWAYS have a better chance than the Flyers. As for the Wild, I would cheer them on if the Wings are out just because their state truly appreciates the game I love.

    Get over the east coast crap! It costs half as much to own twice as much in Minny over Philly. In Minny they have over 10,000 lakes, in Philly they have 10,000 cheesesteak shops. I would MUCH rather be near water than concrete if we ever experience a true draught.

  15. mattmc20 - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Oh and the people are nicer and the city of Minneapolis is LEAPS AND BOUNDS more beautiful and well taken care of over the dump that is Philly (or Detroit) for that matter.

  16. mnhockeyfan - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    The Wild won’t be relevant in the NHL landscape until realignment. There just aren’t compelling regional rivalries against other US teams in NW division. Last year there were some good games against Wpg, StL, Chi, Nsh; I think the future holds a lot larger place for the Wild than the one they’ve occupied in the Western Canada Division.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      Too bad the NHL did us doggy style and not put the Jets at the X this year

  17. natlbnkilr - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Anyone that has issue with that I posted earlier, think about it…who are Suter and Parise going to Mn to play with? I’ll give you Koivu… anyone else that can help them get into the playoffs? Both players left teams with Great goaltenders that could steal games… They will both miss that luxury in Mn.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:16 PM

      I apparently have forgotten about Dany Heatley, oh and Nick Backstrom was an all-star, what 2 years ago? His ridicilous contract is up and Josh Harding took less (and a #1 job somewhere this year) to stay here and be a #1 goalie after next season.

  18. flyeredup - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    @grapeminnesotasportsmind….when the Viqueens leave for LA, your dubious city will have 3 professional teams that left the Twin Cities. Minnesota is as relevant as Dance Moms and is a market that deserves nothing more than College Hockey.

  19. trepac - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Just so you know, the Vikings stadium bill passed. It’s the MN Vikings for the next 40. Please don’t visit our new billion dollar stadium in 2016.

  20. flyeredup - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    No worries, I won’t visit. I don’t care to see moldy Brett Fav-ruh jerseys in the color of purple unless there is a bounty program approved.

  21. jsally430 - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    I’m living proof that this signing has gotten my attention as life long Minnesotan I’ve never paid much attention to their boring style of play of jaque lemar.
    now in the comments by flyeredup. first of all the twins dominated the two thousands in the al central but all ways ran into the yankees even made the alcs in 02 against the angels. the 76ers have all ways been a second rate team as have the tpups. I’m also sorry that we had one of the best qbs to play the game on our team for awhile. also if you ask anyone in Minnesota we crapped the 09 championship down our legs. but how do you explain 5 trips to the nfc championship game with only one super appearance. be honest the best thing phillys produced since 1776 is a fictional boxer with a speach impediment

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