I can tell you as someone who's had a serious knee injury that it takes a long time for it to feel normal and there's no guarantee that it'll ever be 100% again.
John Maclean. He's actually the one player i thought of with Parise's injury. Mac was never really the same player after that knee injury in 1991.
But, honestly, it isn't his knee. From what i see, he's not lost a step or anything off his skating. It's his overall game. He's either not comfortable, the C is weighing and the contract is a bigger burden then it's led on. Whatever it is, i am fairly confident it is not a physical problem. The "he's rusty" excuses ended already. He looked like he was getting back into his game in early November vs the Flyers and the Jets and it's pretty much been nothing since then. Point fingers at Deboer for moving him around, but Zach isn't a stranger to center. Center is a much different position to play because it requires more involvement in the play and responsibility, but a player of his intelligence level and work ethic should not effect him that badly.
Not for nothing, but Parise has played 32 games since the end of the 09-10 season. In those 32 games, he's put up 18 points and is a -6. Now, he was playing injured in 10-11 so that's to be considered, too plus coming back off that injury...but those are pretty ugly numbers for a player who's going to be asking for and commanding 7-8 million.
Edited by SJP20, 22 November 2011 - 11:46 AM.