"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."
"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.
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