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Posted 03 July 2012 - 11:59 AM

And in what magical place is this not the case?


The only sure thing in the NHL is that there is no sure thing, but the Devils' situation isn't necessarily the most appealing right now. There could be some major changes coming in the next few years, from ownership to the front office to the soon-to-be retirement of a mainstay...Zach may not want to be involved with that.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:00 PM

Its too bad that the franchise is owned by a former VP of Lehman Bros.

The only sure thing in the NHL is that there is no sure thing, but the Devils' situation isn't necessarily the most appealing right now. There could be some major changes coming in the next few years, from ownership to the front office to the soon-to-be retirement of a mainstay...Zach may not want to be involved with that.


Then he should have turned down the Captain's C.

If it means anything anymore...
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:02 PM

Not neccesarily, that's part of the problem. Pittsburgh is his best chance to win, Minnesota offers family and friends (we do too, but it's still different).


Do they really though? Crosby is one concussion away from possibly being done. Fleury couldn't stop a beach ball during the playoffs. If they decide to go to Vokoun instead he's never gotten past the 1st round and has only played in 11 playoff games.

One thing these playoffs showed us this year is that again nothing is guaranteed.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:03 PM

Like I said elsewhere, if Parise has sense, he'll sign with the Penguins. Who in their right mind would pass that chance up?


I guess he could upgrade his diving skills...

Do they really though? Crosby is one concussion away from possibly being done. Fleury couldn't stop a beach ball last year. If they decide to go to Vokoun instead he's never gotten past the 1st round and has only played in 11 playoff games.

One thing these playoffs showed us this year is that again nothing is guaranteed.


Yeah, and as long as the playoff opponent pushes them around a little all hell break lose and they collapse. What does Parise do in that situation?
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:08 PM

Do they really though? Crosby is one concussion away from possibly being done. Fleury couldn't stop a beach ball during the playoffs. If they decide to go to Vokoun instead he's never gotten past the 1st round and has only played in 11 playoff games.

One thing these playoffs showed us this year is that again nothing is guaranteed.


if he goes to Pitt, he will be 3rd fiddle to Crosby and Malkin, as far as the Penguins are concerned they are untouchable. Look at the contract Crosby just got. Zach will never have a chance to stand out there, he'll just become another one of their guys, maybe a first liner, but more likely 2nd line - just a weapon they took away from the competition for an advantage.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:12 PM

I remember when the story was Parise would leave because he didn't want to be second fiddle to Kovy. Now the media doesn't think he will mind being third fiddle.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:12 PM

If he goes to Pitt, he will be playing on a line with Crosby and put up ridiculous numbers. Then they will have another line with Malkin and Neal. Couldn't ask for a better 1-2 line combo in the NHL. However, their problem has been defense and goaltending and signing Zach fails to address those issues. They'd be better served with signing Suter than Parise.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:18 PM

Like I said elsewhere, if Parise has sense, he'll sign with the Penguins. Who in their right mind would pass that chance up?

For one, we don't know the money situation. I know there are rumors about how much the Pens have offered, but those are just that; rumors. Perhaps money is a bigger factor than we've realized, and the Pens just aren't offering enough. Additionally, what if Zach doesn't want to be the third best player on the team. Crosby and Malkin are in their own league in terms of ability, and after the novelty of signing a very good player like Parise wears off, he'll go back to playing third fiddle. If he instead signs with the Devils, he'll be the best or second best player on the team and a likely fan favorite. If he goes to the Wild he'll be the home-town-hero. I'm not sure why people try to over-simplify things so much, but if the decision were that easy, it would have already been made.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:18 PM

if he goes to Pitt, he will be 3rd fiddle to Crosby and Malkin, as far as the Penguins are concerned they are untouchable. Look at the contract Crosby just got. Zach will never have a chance to stand out there, he'll just become another one of their guys, maybe a first liner, but more likely 2nd line - just a weapon they took away from the competition for an advantage.


yeah... if Crosby's a 2nd liner... Not a good argument to not go to Pittsburgh.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:24 PM

Its too bad that the franchise is owned by a former VP of Lehman Bros.



Then he should have turned down the Captain's C.

If it means anything anymore...



Guess you have all the answers for everything...too bad you weren't around when Zach needed your advice.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:25 PM

per Russo

talked to Zach Parise at MSP. He says he has not made a decision and he and his fiancée will talk today. "that has not started." #MNWild

Parise has no timetable, says is "so much more than the money. That plays a very small part in it." #MNWild

jesus christ..........

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:26 PM

Guess you have all the answers for everything...too bad you weren't around when Zach needed your advice.



I would have told Zach to invest in plastics.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:28 PM

The happiest person in all this has got to be Suter, the fact that he hasnt decided yet hasn't gotten nearly as much coverage...I'm at the point that I'm think a Kovy on his natural left wing and possibly Semin on the right at a 6.5 contract wouldnt be so bad right now. All the other options seem to be signing here and there and if Parise walks, only replacements are going to come via trade.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:28 PM

It's appealing to play with Crosby who is an amazing talent...but the idea of carving out your own legend here in NJ, remaining the captain, and taking care of the unfinished business from this year is quite nice too and I'd imagine that's what Lou and the others are trying to sell him on.

Signing with Pitt might look good on paper but sometimes the best laid out plans fall apart...
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:30 PM

By the way, why has no media brought up Crosby has barely played since 2010? Yeah he played down the stretch into the playoff run, but the guy is one hit away from who knows.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:31 PM

this is taking foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:37 PM

I am officially off Parise watch and I am going back to normal life activities...this is just getting annoying now.

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I'm not suggesting Parise is lying, but multiple players who know him very well made it clear he's made a decision #NHL

I think all this "I have to go home, I have to talk to my family" crap is all a PR stunt for him to come off humbled, stressed out, unsure and afraid to leave NJ. He has one foot out the door. He is playing this masterfully but those who can see through the bullsh!t can see this kid is just playing with all of our minds at this point. His mind has been made up.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:38 PM

I'm at the point that I think Kovy on his natural left wing and possibly Semin on the right at a 6.5 contract wouldnt be so bad right now.


I totally agree with this. While I would love to have Zach back at 7M or less, Semin is a more talented offensive player whose skills will hold up better as he ages. He can pull goals out of his ass, Zach can't. Semin has also had a dip in his production lately (likely because of Washingtons defensive makeover just like Ovie), and could be willing to sign for 6,5.

Better yet: SIGN BOTH!! :D :D
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:38 PM

This whole "trip home to MN" is a PR tour and he is trying to save a little face with the league. Watch.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:40 PM

This whole "trip home to MN" is a PR tour and he is trying to save a little face with the league. Watch.


Maybe he's going there for a presser?
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