After lockout letdown and so-so season, Wild hope fun fueled by Parise-Suter signing can start

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That buzz created by signing two big stars turned out to be a false start for the Minnesota Wild.

First there was the lockout. Then they sputtered through a shortened season, barely made the playoffs and were bounced out quickly by the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

Well, here's their chance to try again. Coach Mike Yeo kept his job, and the Wild added players around centerpieces Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

Minnesota opens the season at home Oct. 3 against the Los Angeles Kings.