That is BS. Zach put the team on his back, espeically in the Ranger series, last year. He was tied for the led in goals scored and had about 60 hits in a strong two way game. Minnesota, similar to the Devils this year, just doesn't have the depth on offense. You only have to defend against the Parise line against when you play the Wild. It's all about depth, when Chicago can still beat you when Toews has no points, that shows Chicago's depth.
You give the man too much credit. He **tried** to put the team on his back. I think part of him wondered if it was the organization keeping him from succeeding - part of him wondered if it was lack of a really solid support system. I mean he'snot thinking these things clear as crystal in his head he's just thinking "What do I need to break out to the next level"
Well -- this is the difference between Parise and Neidermayer.
Parise... ahhh zach zach zach... he's a mix of temperaments. And he's not very fond of any of them - it seems he likes the idea of being one way, he comes off another way and I get a vibe it's not satisfying for him - that sort of calm Sakic way.
Then he gets angry but not full out, His temper is so weird - it's all grumpy but not fiery and not whiney either.
We'll see if he can move to one side or the other and find some clarity and make it all work. It's HIM though and his own vision that he needs to figure out, The path for this man is within. It's always within - the path was within and attainable for Neids here in NJ but it was easier our West. (He felt like he needed to be respectful of history and tradition here in NJ and it kept him from really stepping up to the plate.)
See, I'd actually really enjoy seeing Zach break out. I actually think he could have learned how to break through this thing if he'd stayed a little bit
longer with the Devils. It actually woudl have been better for him here. So? Ooops... mistakes happen. He may get a Cup even with the Wild -- but he's not going to be satisfied until he feels he can take ownership of the win. I don't see what he should do clearly at all -- but I see he's seeking and working hard. Working smart as well. Hopefully he makes this a productive loss - and I'm glad he got a nice zap to his testes even though I'm sure he didn't think it would be all that easy.