As a NJ native who currently resides in Minneapolis, I can honestly say that the last two years have been nothing short of excruciating as a Devils hockey fan. I've had to deal with all of my Minnesota Wild friends doing triple back flips over the Parise signing. And then, on a daily basis, I have to hear about how awesome Parise is by dumbsh!! suburban Minnesota hockey fans for 365 straight days (the same fans who are now whining that the Wild doesn't have the cash to sign any top free agents). On top of everything else, just when I'm starting to feel really good about the direction of this team, I hear this on KFAN while driving home from work - mind you from the dumbsh!! radio dudes who somehow knno nothing about hockey despite the fact that they are the No. 1 sports radio show in the "State of Hockey."
Radio guy: "So there is a surprising retirement in the NHL to announce."
Me (thinking): Teemu? Brad Richards? ... Who could it be?
Radio guy: "Ilya Kovalchuk is announcing his retirement. He's heading back to Russia."
Me - (almost crash my car off the road).
Radio announcer two: Hey, he's pretty good, right?
Radio guy No. 1: Yeah, and some people think he's the whole reason why the Devils couldn't sign Parise.
Me - unfu!!ing believable.