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Setoguchi, Heatley reunited in Minnesota

This past season, Devin Setoguchi had three goals and one assist in four games against the Minnesota Wild.

"I always liked to play the Wild for some reason," Setoguchi said Monday, according to the Wild's website. "I seemed to always be able to score."

Now he looks to replicate that scoring touch for the Wild, and he will have former San Jose Sharks teammate Dany Heatley there to help him.

The Wild acquired Setoguchi on the first day of the NHL draft in a trade that sent Brent Burns to the Sharks. A little more than a week later, the Wild sent Martin Havlat to San Jose for Heatley.

"It's a sense of a fresh start," Heatley said. "You get a little excitement, and I know Seto's excited as well."

Setoguchi was especially looking forward to the chance to play in a state that cares so much about hockey.

"We were talking the last couple days about how excited we are to be here to be a part of such a big hockey state," Setoguchi said. "It feels like I'm back in Canada playing junior hockey. [Minnesota's] like the 14th province of Canada."

The two forwards have one focus going into the 2011-12 season: scoring goals.

"I think I can score goals," Heatley said. "I've always been a goal scorer, and I think that's what I'm expected to do here. I think we both bring that to this team."

"You're going to find that I'm just going to shoot the puck," Setoguchi said, agreeing with his teammate. "I get the puck, I shoot it. I don't hold on to it. I don't make sweet plays with it. I just shoot it."

The Wild are scheduled to open the season Oct. 8 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. They'll face the Sharks on Nov. 10 in San Jose.

Video courtesy of NHL.com