If Zach goes to Pittsburgh he'd be Chris Bosh to Crosby's LeBron and Malkin's Wade. If he says here he'll be beloved forever and a captain of an upper-echelon team with a chance to make his own mark on a champion. If he goes to Minnesota he'll be a god for about four months until he doesn't live up to being the highest-paid player in hockey and miserable with ninth-place finish after tenth-place finish.
We'll see what's important to him I guess.
The annoying thing with Bosh was the whole time before he was saying, I don't want to be a second banana, I want to be the star of a team..and then he went to the Heat. But in the end that decision made the most sense. I also think it make the most sense for Parise.
If he goes to Pittsburgh, I don't think he'll certianly play second fiddle. A line with him and Crosby would be devastating top the league, and he'd put up ridiculous numbers. If he can put up 35-40 goals and 75-90 points with Zajac, who the hell knows with Crosby and a PP with Letang, Malkin and Neal. But I don't buy the make your own mark crap. In hockey it takes more than one guy, and Parise is never going to be a guy who will dominate the game by himself and win one himself. If the Devils ended up beating LA, Parise wasn't going to be the guy who did it himself anyway. Even when Crosby won the Cup, it was Malkin who led the way and won the Conn Smythe. Look at all the guys who gave it there all, but only came up short. Go where it gives you the best chance to win. Who gives a sh!t where the media ranks you on the totem pole.
If Pittsburgh offered him more years, more cash, and a better chance to win...could you blame him? I'm not saying you shouldn't boo him, but if you were in his shoes...could you blame him. I'd be more pissed if he just took a sh!tload of cash and went to the Wild.
Edited by devilsrule33, 30 June 2012 - 09:11 PM.