We played our best game during the playoffs when Kovy was out. The playoffs that year was a complete fluke. You could make the same argument that without Salvador leading all defensemen in playoff scoring we are out in the second round. The heroics if Gionta and the fourth line and Parise and Marty leading the team against the Rangers was just epic. But that was a complete fluke.
We played well one game without him, but there is no way we would beat the rangers without him... Kovalchuk was a keypart of our team we cant denied it. Zach parise was a key part too... But go ahead new player is coming new key part and all you need for a playoff run is to make the playoff...
Once you make the playoff anything can happen! the 1995 stanley cup devils wasnt suppose to win... We always win as underdog, and we have to focus on the same thing here. We cant denied who we are and what we represent.
I want this team to be in the playoffs, then i want to believe. (remember the best player in the 2003 team had 57 points)
Maybe I'm going to heat for this but I don't blame Parise one bit for doing what he did looking back on it. The Kovalchuk fiasco priced us out of any realistic chance of re-signing Zach. The team was so focused on catering to Kovalchuk that Zach became second fiddle and "star number two". Do any of you TRULY blame him for bolting? He's probably laughing after learning that Kovalchuk went to the KHL.
We might have made the SCF with Kovy but I think we were just fine without him. He did a lot of bad for this team. And while he did some good the pros don't really outweigh the cons.
Im not buying the «im the second star here i'll sign elsewhere» Zach parise was our captain after all. If a player dont like the shadow that other provide to him, well he is never gonna win a Stanley cup. My problem with ZP9 is taht he always says he want to resign we were his number one choice etc. Than you learn he sign with the minnesota Wild... As a UFA you do what you want in life, but dont lie to people a year long about your intention....