To make matters worse, I think he bungled this whole thing since day 1. He waited until the proverbial last minute to even start talking to Parise, when Zach has been saying for months now that he's waiting. Then, Lou resorts to signing a 1 year deal (which is extremely dangerous heading into UFA) because, as he himself explained it, he ran out of time. Maybe he wouldn't have run out of time if he would have actually tried talking to Parise anytime other than, oh I dunno, a week before his arbitration hearing.
For those saying this is good because we have more cap space next year, and we get to see how Parise's knee is this year, give it a break. As has been shown many times over the past few weeks, we have plenty of cap space this year to sign Parise to a long term contract. As for his knee, there is no reason to believe that there will be any lingering effects. This isn't a concussion.
At the end of the day, Lou likely left Parise with a bad taste in his mouth from this whole experience, and now if Parise has a fantastic year, not only is there a very real possibility that he will test, and likely dip into free agency (after all, essentially every team in the league will offer him maximum salary), but even if he does sign with us, we will probably end up paying him a lot more than what we could have gotten him for today. I'm not sure how anyone can really tell me that this isn't a failure on Lou's part.
Edited by Amberite, 29 July 2011 - 09:29 PM.