New Wild winger Marcus Foligno made his debut with the Sabres during the 2011-12 season and has been a part of six Buffalo teams — all of which missed the playoffs.

So when he was traded to the Wild along with fellow wing Tyler Ennis in a deal last month that sent Marco Scandella and Jason Pominville to Buffalo, he had plenty of mixed emotions. He was leaving the only professional organization he had ever known — one that his father, Mike, also played for — and the city in which he was born.

But Foligno was also gaining an opportunity to experience something that had been missing for the duration of his 347-game NHL career.

“It’s been a lot of emotions. At first you get traded and you have to say goodbye to Buffalo. It’s a place I’ve been a long time and I know a lot of great people there,” Foligno said. “At the same time, you’re going to a great organization in Minnesota, a great team that is obviously ready to win a Stanley cup. I think that’s the biggest thing. I’m excited to win and be a winner for a long time.”

Foligno said that Friday while standing in the Wild home dressing room for the first time. He and his wife, Natascia, are in the Twin Cities for the weekend, scouting the area for a place to live (Foligno had a lot of questions for the assembled media about Minnesota lakes and fishing). While they are here, Foligno had a chance to meet with Wild GM Chuck Fletcher and get more familiar with his new surroundings.