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Minnesota introduces Parise and Suter — its new alternate captains

Jul 9, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

Parise Suter

The Minnesota Wild introduced Zach Parise and Ryan Suter today and, in doing so, introduced their two newest alternate captains as well.

After putting on the No. 11 and 20 jerseys, Parise and Suter revealed they’d both be wearing an “A” for 2012-13 — something that initially caught Parise off-guard, with Wild head coach Mike Yeo joking, “We probably should have talked about that.”

The joking was only temporary, though. Yeo quickly got serious about what Parise and Suter mean to his club.

“[You don’t make] the type of commitment for these types of players unless you bring in two quality human beings,” Yeo said. “What they do on the ice speaks for itself, but what they will add to our group from a leadership and character standpoint — they’re going to play a huge role for us, and we’re expecting them to be leaders for a long time.”

Parise described the leadership qualities he and Suter bring to the table.

“Bot of us are lead by example type of guys,” he said. “I don’t think either of us are rah-rah guys but at certain times we’ll say something if things need to be said.

“We lead by example on the ice and off the ice.”

Parise and Suter will join a big leadership group in Minnesota, headed by captain Mikko Koivu and last season’s alternates, Matt Cullen and Dany Heatley. The Wild also have several long-serving members in the room, like Pierre-Marc Bouchard (who’s been with the club since 2002) and Nicklas Backstrom (the franchise’s all-time wins leader.)

(Photo courtesy the Minnesota Star-Tribune)

  1. lordfletcher - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Can’t wait for Thrusday night. Parise jersey time!!!!

    Not sure who I should buy for the 2014 winter classic 😉

    • kopy - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      Which jerseys do they wear? Do they wear the North Stars even if they’re allowed to? Does Dallas own the rights?

      I’d be happy with Minneapolis Millers or St. Paul Athletic Club, etc. for jerseys.

      • kopy - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:25 PM

        Just put numbers on the back, no names, and it’s done.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:34 PM

        Dallas still owns the rights to the name, but the NHL owns all the merchandise revenues of it.

      • lordfletcher - Jul 9, 2012 at 5:31 PM

        north stars are dead,…. let it go.

    • bensawesomeness - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      You raise a really valid thought – the Wild just became instant players to host a Classic.
      Personally i’ve always loved the idea of the Wild playing the Stars in a Classic, but that’s a bit of a dream i suppose

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:41 PM

        Minnesota will host the 2014 Winter Classic mostly likely. Most likely at Target Field. The NHL promised them one when they become a playoff team. Good chance that will happen now.

        My idea for the Winter Classic should be Winnipeg (they will be a rival with realignment, and you could see the anamosity between the two. Espically since the realignment that was shot down by the PA came out that day.

        Jets wear their 1970’s jerseys from the WHA
        Wild wear the Fighting Saints from the WHA

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        @greatminnesotasportsmind, YES. Jet vs Wild at Target Field would be insane and a dream come true. The only problem is getting the rest of the US to watch it. No O6 teams or recent Cup winners do not make for good ratings in the US. You can bet Canada will watch though.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 9, 2012 at 7:29 PM

        There’s no chance Minnesota hosts the 2014 Winter Classic, NBC won’t allow it to move away from the east coast for 2 years in a row and they sure won’t allow a Canadian team to play in the game 2 years in a row, this is NBC’s baby they’re going to want two American teams with brand appeal (and large markets) to play in a large market.

        If I had to guess (assuming Crosby is healthy for all of 2012-13) I’d bet that it will be the Rangers v Penguins from Yankee Stadium. Or if they can somehow manage the logistics the Rangers v Bruins at Giants stadium…the fact that it’s in New Jersey being put to the side.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 9, 2012 at 7:33 PM

        One thing I will add though, the NHL really wants more outdoor games (I’ve heard they want 4 a year if they could get them) so I wouldn’t be shocked if Minnesota gets an outdoor game in 2014 BUT that’s only if the NHL either makes the winter classic a doubleheader or if they decide to piggy back an American outdoor game onto the bill when the Canadian Heritage Classic returns in 2014, which would mean an outdoor doubleheader in late February.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:26 AM

        Leipold has come out and said if the Wild make the playoffs this year, the Winter Classic is coming here. Target Field makes sense, because they can sell alcohol, TCF Bank can’t sell alcohol to everyone. Alcohol = $$$$. The Wild have been trying for years to get it, after getting Parise and Suter, that gives them the star appeal. Get ready to see more Wild on NBC, they are now a national draw. At least that is what everyone is saying.

        Even if it’s not Winnipeg (but considering how great the 2 games were last year, even becoming division rivals the day they played their first game in Winnipeg), I could see it being the St. Louis Blues then.

        St. Louis would have so many story lines involving Minnesota, where NBC can milk the hell out of that. Jeff Backus, played college hockey at Minnesota State- Mankato, TJ Oshie played high school hockey at traditional power house Warroard. Jamie Langenbrunner, if he resigned played at Cloquet and in back to back state tournaments, which is the best high school hockey tournament in America. Then drafted by the Dallas Stars the year they moved from Minnesota to Dallas.

      • mnrube23 - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:15 AM

        “Crosby is healthy for all of 2012-13” pipe dream of a Penguins fan.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      I’ll be there too dude! Can’t wait. I think I’m gonna have to get a Granlund jersey.

      • lordfletcher - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:36 PM


        Well if I see you there, I’ll buy ya a beer and or at Reids. You’ll just have to carry a sign with your screen name, just like a limo driver would for his client 😉 LOL

        Go Wild!

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:46 PM

        I’ll have LPS sharpied into my forehead. It’s hard to miss.

      • lordfletcher - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:40 PM

        I don’t think you’re a member over here, could always use some more Wild fans.

        I enjoy chatting there and obviously here at PHT.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:47 PM

        None of the poop can army are over there on the HF boards, are they?

      • lordfletcher - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:53 PM

        HA! probably in the Pitts forums, but just stay away. Go to the Wilds page.

        plenty of good folks there and mature convo’s. I let loose here just because the mods on HFboards want to keep it classy. I recommend checking it out at least.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:27 AM

        I’ll take you up on that offer for a beer too.

      • lordfletcher - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:44 AM

        Nice! … Beer + free scrimmage

        log in to HRboards and start chatting

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:43 PM

        It’s official, I’m on there.

  2. blackfoot11 - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Nothing against either player, but what message is the organization sending to the team that the newest high priced free agents are Alternate Captains. I guess the days of earning the Captain or Alternate Captain letters for your team are long gone, regardless of what they did previously.

    • kopy - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      The alternates being replaced (Heatley and Cullen) both contacted Parise and Suter during the free agency period and lobbied for them to sign with Minnesota. Seeing as how they were in on this all along, I’m sure they are fine with it. They probably even offered up their letters.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      Well being that Parise wore the C for the Eastern Conference Champs and Suter wore the A already in Nashvile. Parise already wore the A in the Olympics. Both have great leadership qualities, which how you get those.

    • joshuakorr - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      Both of these guys are incredible leaders. It makes more sense to have Parise and Suter than Heatley and Cullen. To say that they haven’t earned it undervalues these two players.

  3. kingfooj - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    With all due respect to ZP and Suter’s leadership experience, on ice ability, personalities and every other quality that truly make them premier nhl players.

    I think that the Wild up top’s should let these two play at least a bit of the season first and let them get in tune with their team, before establishing them as Alternates. Brad Richard’s with NY is a prime example, he had the qualities but they let him gel with the team in the locker room before sewing it on. Yes, these two have all the qualifications to be great A’s, but from the stand point of the rest of the team, I can easily see how a bit of animosity could arise in some of the existing Wild players since Parise and Suter just arrived,yet already occupy a leadership role. Sort of like having a new hot-shot step brother come into your house.

    Just my opinion

  4. respectsoupcansthickstick - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    nobody cares to watch minnesota so they def wont be in the winter classic for many many years. the question is, who will the franchise be playing in the 12-13 winter classic? themselves if they could! DREAMTEAM

    • kopy - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      “Nobody cares about Minnesota because I don’t care about Minnesota, and everyone cares about my favorite team because they’re my favorite team.”

  5. predsfan098 - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Suter couldn’t even tell his team he wasn’t coming back, just let us think he would sign with us as long as we matched. But the joke is on the Wild. Just wait and see.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:30 PM

      Suter deal’s done, man, get over it. You should worry more about keeping Weber around.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

        Actually Suter has been quoted as saying telling Nashville he wasn’t coming back was the hardest thing he ever had to do. They (the Preds) have done so much for him.

        Get your facts right, and if anything, Suter leaving can give you an opportunity to know what losing Shea Weber will feel like. Suter and Parise said today, they are going to try to get free agents here in the future. There was a post here this weekend about how Weber is stunned Suter is gone. With Minnesota having close to 15 million to spend next summer when he’s a free agent, and how close Suter and Weber are, you might as well order your green #6 Weber Wild sweater now.

  6. eyeh8goodell - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Giving them “A’s” without so much as skating so much as a single practice. Nice. I doubt these guys have even met more than a couple of guys from the team at this point. That’s not how it’s done.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      I’m gonna go ahead and guess that all the players of note have probably played with or talked to each other at some point. Your crazy if you don’t think players talked amongst themselves. Heck a few weeks ago, when ZP was still property of the Devils, he was in Minnesota playing in a charity hockey game, that funny, features many Wild players. You don’t think that topic came up at all?

      • kingfooj - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM

        Im assuming you guys have played competitively at one point in time, so you should know the atmosphere in the locker room around the whole team is an entirely different animal than one on one acquaintances. Im sure many of these guys have discussed it, and im sure some are friends, but that does not mean that everyone on the roster is, or for that fact is on board to follow a newcomer right off the bat.

  7. GenoPringles - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    This is hilarious. Neither of these hacks could have sniffed a letter on their jersey had they signed with The Franchise. Congrats ZP, you have officially aggravated The Soupcan. As a fellow American I worry for you. Stay Wide N Stumpy chump nugget.

    • credible316 - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      better be careful, that aggravation could lead to a concussion.

  8. jeffchadwick - Jul 9, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Nicklas Backstrom is stunned to find out that not only is he a middling goalie, but now he’s been shipped to freaking Minnesota. Think the author meant to link to Niklas Backstrom, the Wild goalie, rather than the good Nicklas Backstrom with the Caps.

  9. vindicatus - Jul 9, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    From Captain Invisible to Alternate Captain Invisible… Enjoy overpaying for nonclutchness, Minny.

    • williplett - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:59 PM

      I get the hard feelings, but is this whining about Parise and the Wild going to drone on into the season? We get it: Your team is in considerable financial trouble, you lost your captain, you lost your assistant coaches, two of your top six forwards had off season surgeries and your future HOF goalie had to get an agent and play hardball just to get a second year added to his contract-all of this after coming a few games away from a Cup barely a month ago. It’s gotta suck, but why not just move and add something here on instead of filling the role of PHT’s go to NJ troll?

      Just a thought.

  10. GenoPringles - Jul 9, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    What an honor!! So you beat out a guy who’s killed teammates drunk driving for the A. Major resume booster. Almost as prestigious as a gold medal at the special olympics.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 9, 2012 at 7:37 PM

      Not to defend Heatly but alcohol was not a factor in that accident, I believe his BAC was .03 which is well below the legal limit.

    • williplett - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:52 AM

      Dan Snyder and his family deserve more respect than this. There are plenty of ways to talk trash without having to touch on a true tragedy for cheap thrills. I know I may be asking a bit much, but could you just grow up just a little bit, pal.

  11. phillyfan97 - Jul 9, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Minneapolis is a great city, and the area is very deserving of a WC. Stars vs Wild or Wild vs Canucks.

  12. phillyfan97 - Jul 9, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Weber will be sporting a Flyers jersey next offseason, he would definitely be a good mentor to L. Schenn.

  13. andyb02 - Jul 9, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Give them both a C if you want. No letter on their jersey is going to make the wild a playoff team.

  14. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 9, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    No Detroit fan should say a word, the Red Wings gave Brendan Shanahan an A on his jersey the day they traded for him (mid-season) after he had caused issues and forced his way out of Hartford, at least Parise and Suter have been members of the Wild for 5 days rather than 5 hours.

  15. drafter28 - Jul 9, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    While Winnipeg will be a great divisional rival for the Wild once realignment happens, I feel Chicago is by far the best opponent for a Winter Classic. Secord Sucks!!!

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:05 PM

      Wow, Secord. Haven’t heard that name in a while. Cheers.

  16. datsyukx13 - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Minnesota won’t host a winter classic for a while idk why you guys are getting so excited for. There are bigger market NHL teams that have already been promised a game. You have to be a contender every year to get a game besides Toronto but they have a huge market

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:39 PM

      Exactly! NBC wants that game on the East Coast featuring big markets because that’s how they make money from advertising, having a game between Minnesota and Winnipeg will draw next to no one, and it doesn’t matter who will watch in Canada because they don’t count in US ratings.

      Also NBC doesn’t want Canadian teams involved (again cause of ratings) the only reason it’s happening this year is because the NHL needs the Toronto market to fill a 100,000 seat stadium and with all due respect to the Wings fans, they’re not even filling the Joe these days.

  17. migoli - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    well if you want to believe the owner, he went on Minneapolis radio and said he was told as soon as he is a playoff team and has some bigger names he would get a WC. So again maybe you east coast guys should get off your own jocks and expand past Ohio……clowns

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:44 PM

      The same Minnesota owner who traded his franchise in Nashville in a backroom deal to get the Wild? The same Minnesota owner who came out a couple of months ago and cried poverty and said that the NHL needed to get the CBA fixed so that every team has a chance before he went out and gave $196 million to two pretty good but not superstar players? Yep he’s a real believable guy.

      I’m not an East Coast guy by any means, I live in Western Canada but I realize how TV stations make their money, it’s on the East Coast, there’s a reason that the Yankees and Red Sox are on tv all of the time, it’s because the East Coast teams move the needle more than the West Coast. And the Winter Classic is an NHL game BUT it’s NBC’s baby, that’s their premier game of the year they put the teams on that are going to get them the highest ratings, and unfortunately those teams aren’t west of Chicago.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:47 AM

        It wasn’t a back door deal to get the Wild. The fact was he owned the Predators and wanted to sell him to Jim Basille, who wanted to move them. Owning a hockey team is a business, it’s his every right to sell them if he wanted too. Even if he knew Minnesota was going to be available. Don’t forget the other owners had to approve him as the owner of the Wild.

        The CBA does need to be fixed. NHL and NBA players all went from around 57/43 to 50/50. Why should the NHL be any different? They have a salary cap in place to make then NHL like the NFL, where any team will have a chance to win any given year. That’s what makes the NFL better than the NBA where you have the same 5 teams year in and year out win the title.

        Your right about east coast being more of an attraction than the west coast. That’s in prime time. 8:00 on the east coast is more appealing than 5:00 on the west coast where nobody is home from work yet. The game is on a National Holiday at 3:00 eastern time which would make it 12:00 noon on the west. NFL games here start at noon and their rating are through the roof.

  18. predsfan098 - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Weber will never be a FA, he will be traded if he doesn’t sign long term.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      They said the same about Suter…

  19. purpleguy - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Geez, after reading some of the posts above, I’m surprised that at least some of the post July 4th bitterness hasn’t subsided. Heaven forbid the Wild should even be in discussion for a WC, or let alone, gasp, consider appointing two well respected former captians, as alternate captains for their team. What’s next, we don’t deserve ice up here in MN?

    • comeonnowguys - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      What do you mean by WC? World Championship? Western Championship? Wild Card?

  20. comeonnowguys - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Not to beat a horse nobody cares about, but those sweaters look way better than their “main” ones. Little more North Stars, little less trend-chasing.

  21. jabeus - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    all of you wild haters remember 2 things

    1) you all act like we don’t know anything about hockey, we are not some warm climate team trying to act like we play hockey here, we actually do!

    2) ZP and Suter are not coming here to “drag” our team to the playoffs, more then anything they provide depth, we have a talented young core coming up and the wild are building more then just a “win now” attitude

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