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from Michale Ruso of the Star Tribune,
Parise and Suter will slip on Iron Range-red jerseys for the first time and make their Wild debuts against Colorado on Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center, in a fitting end to Hockey Day Minnesota.
"It's been a long time of nothing since all that excitement, and now that we're finally here, it's kind of surreal," said Suter. "I just got goose bumps thinking about walking down that tunnel.
"This is where we can hopefully spend the rest of our careers and have a lot of success. It's the first of many games. Finally."
Thanks to the addition of Parise and Suter, there have been grandiose predictions.
from Katie Strang of ESPN NewYork,
"I spent the last four or five years as a captain for Columbus. My game and my character improved a lot from that," Nash said. "Coming into a team that already had success here, I think it's the perfect time for me to jump in and help out in any way I can."
Unfortunately for Nash, the excitement in beginning anew with the Blueshirts was stalled by a long, bitter lockout that lasted four months. Instead of making his grand Rangers debut in October, Nash shipped off to Switzerland as he awaited the labor standoff to end.
Not an easy task for a player eager to acclimate to his new surroundings.
"He's so anxious. He really wanted to play. I feel bad for him that way. Even moreso than everybody else," teammate Brad Richards told ESPNNewYork.com. "It's a big opportunity for him, and he knows it."
Craig Custance in an ESPN Insider (paid subscription) compares Rick Nash to Jeff Carter. His conclusion…
Nash has received the bulk of the attention over the last week and that will continue until he’s traded or the trade deadline expires. He’s a game-changer and for a team like the Kings, might be the ideal addition at the deadline. But for other teams like the Rangers or Maple Leafs, the cost might be too great. Not only is Nash a salary cap liability, it’s going to sap the organization of key assets. And for a team like Toronto, that covets Ryan Getzlaf, it would all but end that possibility if the Ducks decide to trade one of their big forwards this summer.
Carter is the safer choice but doesn’t come with the high-end dominance that Nash provides. The best play? It may be for contenders to pass on both players and see what transpires this summer in Anaheim or with potential free agents Ryan Suter or Zach Parise.
Ward left the ice bleeding from the upper leg area and taken to the hospital.
update 10:15pm, Ward will spend the night in a Columbus hospital.