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Wild eager to return from NHL lockout

Updated: January 6, 2013, 7:17 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Before everyone settled in for their fireworks on the Fourth of July, the Minnesota Wild put on quite a show themselves.

Eschewing patience and pragmatism for go-for-it-all aggressiveness, Wild owner Craig Leipold shelled out $198 million for free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to get the State of Hockey all amped up for the coming season.

The season, it turns out, almost didn't come. And now the team that arguably lost more momentum during the NHL lockout than any ...

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