FRIDAY'S STORY LINES: Excitement. Anticipation. Those were words used frequently in the Wild locker room Friday afternoon. After a 119-day lockout, Wild players are eager to get on the ice for their highly anticipated season opener Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche.The offseason acquisitions of top free agents Ryan Suter and Zach Parise have made the opener an even bigger event for Wild fans. When Parise and Suter slip on their jerseys for the first time, it will have been 199 days since they signed identical 13-year, 98 million contracts.
"We have all been waiting around long enough," Parise said Friday. "We all have a lot of energy ready to go in a smart way. We are all excited to play. It has been a lot of waiting around and a lot of I guess contained energy."
Parise expects the crowd to be electric.
"I think we are all looking forward to the excitement and energy of the building," he said. "That was impressive on Wednesday (during a scrimmage), and you can probably double ...