New DBJ+ Before the Puck Drops: Minnesota

ABOUT OUR OPPONENT – The Minnesota Wild

Columbus’ NHL expansion cousins make their

only appearance of the season at Nationwide Arena tonight, and they

appear to have finally turned the corner toward respectability.  The

twin cornerstones of this team are the mega-contracted defenseman Ryan Suter and forward Zach Parise.  The story in how they got to Minnesota

– Suter being pulled out of Nashville, Parise from New Jersey (and both

being drawn back from the prying claws of Detroit, among other teams) –

is the stuff of sports agent legend.  And they’re pretty good hockey

players…Suter, especially, on the blue line.