While the Minnesota Wild made big news before the lockout with a pair of high-profile signings, the Dallas Stars didn't get as much attention when they brought in two of the league's top active scorers.
Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney, though, played a big part in the Stars' season-opening win and will try to help them earn another victory when Dallas returns to its former home Sunday night.
After missing the playoffs for a fourth straight season, Minnesota took some significant measures to end that drought by inking Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to 13-year contracts, each worth $98 million.
In his Wild debut Saturday, Parise assisted on each of Dany Heatley's second-period goals in a 4-2 victory over Colorado. Suter had a much quieter debut, taking one shot and receiving two penalty minutes.
"I was smiling the day we signed those guys, and I'm still smiling," Heatley said. "They've added a huge element to our team."
Former first-round draft pick Mikael Granlund also scored in the se...