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Zach Parise doesn’t get what all the Tim Tebow nonsense is about

Mar 28, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

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We’re not ProFootballTalk here so you’ve been able to steer clear of anything Tim Tebow-related, but New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise isn’t feeling Tebowmania.

With Tebow now part of the New York Jets, who conveniently play their games in New Jersey, that means Parise’s turf as the most lovable guy in the Garden State is threatened. Parise tells Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice that he just doesn’t get what all the hubbub is about with the Jets’ new quarterback.

“I don’t care for it,” Parise said. “Why is a backup quarterback having a press conference?”

More than 200 media members attended Tebow’s introductory news conference Monday at the Jets’ practice facility in Florham Park.

“That doesn’t make sense to me,” Parise said.

Meanwhile in Newark, the Devils are this close to clinching a playoff berth and are set up to be a dangerous team in the Eastern Conference playoffs all the while Parise is leading the way. Tough times, indeed.

Maybe there’ll be a big press conference for Parise come summertime in New Jersey if he wins the Stanley Cup or signs a long-term deal with the team. Then again, if Parise or any Devils get banged up in the postseason, don’t expect to see Tebow come rolling into town for the laying of hands to help out.

  1. noozehound - Mar 28, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    he wont have to worry about it next year when he comes back home to Minnesota.

    • danphipps01 - Mar 28, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      Why do Minnesotans actually believe this is going to happen? It confounds me. Everyone’s so confident he’ll leave New Jersey because he wants to win the Cup. Why would he go to MINNESOTA?

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 28, 2012 at 11:59 AM

        I am from Minny and I say the Wild have an equal chance of anyone to land Parise this summer but that equal is the same to another 10 teams or so. In reality we have a 10% chance, just like everyone else.
        NJ / MN / DET / on and on and on. Parise will get to choose where he wants to play for the next 5 years this summer.

        I would rather the Wild / Fletcher throw serious cash at Suter than Parise, would galdly take either tho :)

      • triplepropalm - Mar 28, 2012 at 12:02 PM

        I’m guessing that Parise follows Scott Gomez’s path across the river and he signs with the Rangers over the summer.

        And I know that a lot of Sabres fans are hoping that Parise wants to play with his old SSM & North Dakota teammate in Drew Stafford.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Mar 28, 2012 at 12:09 PM

        Because Minnesota is going to win a Cup and he’s going to help them do it. Problem?

      • freewillig - Mar 28, 2012 at 2:19 PM

        I’m not a Wild fan, but one reason they might think he’s coming back to Minnesota is because Parise bought a house in Minneapolis and wants to be close to his dad.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 28, 2012 at 8:03 PM

        Here is why Parise will sign the Wild this summer.

        1. As previously mentioned, he owns a house here in the Twin Cities, and his family still lives here in the Twin Cities.

        2. The Wild are set up to become ridiciously good in the next couple years. They have 4 of the top 38 prospects in the NHL. They are all signed (except Mikael Granlund, who will be signed in May once his season ends in Finland) and the Wild are forced to burn a year of their contracts this year so they all don’t come up from free agency, all at the same time. Granlund will be a super star, coyle has the upside to become an all-star as does Matt Hackett who we’ve seen.

        3. The Wild will be adding possibly another franchise type player in the draft this year. There are 4 of them, and currently the Wild are tied for 3rd worse, and Edmonton only point behind them to pass them up. They will have a chance to win the lottery and get the #1 overall pick and Nail Yakubov. Worse case senario they pick 4th and still get one of the franchise players to add next year. Top 5 picks have been added to the roster the next year the past few years.

        4. The Wild’s contracts are set up to be able to keep adding more expensive veteran free agents starting this year. The will add either Parise AND/or Suter. They have the room for both.

        5. Next year Backstrom’s 6 million dollar contract comes off the books (Matt Hackett will be the #1 goalie then making less than 1 million). Bouchard’s 4.2 million comes off the books. Cullen’s 3.5 million comes off the books. That’s another 13.7 million more in free agency next year alone, plus the amount the cap goes up.

        6. Season after that, Dany Heatley’s contract comes off the books. That is another 8 million right there. The Wild won’t resign him at that price. He isn’t a 50 goal scorer anymore. He’s about half of that. Setoguchi’s 2.7 million comes off the books as well. That’s another 10.7 million plus whatever else the cap goes up.

        7. While all these players contracts are off the books, all these prospects the Wild have accumulated over the past few years, will be in their rookie deals making less than a million, except for maybe Granlund who will be given a max contract.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 28, 2012 at 8:06 PM

        8. The Wild traded Nick Schultz, the player favorite and longest tenured Wild player to Edmonton for Tom Gilbert. They got Gilbert for 3 reasons. 1, Gilbert is more of an offensive player than Schultz. 2. He played youth hockey with Zach Parise. 3. He played at Wisconsin with Suter.

  2. biffnasty - Mar 28, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Why do we care what parise thinks of tebow. That’s like asking king Henry what he thinks of spudd Webb . Silly

    • drewsylvania - Mar 28, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      Because some reporter hunting for a cheap story asked him the question.

  3. triplepropalm - Mar 28, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Parise (unknowingly) answered his own question.

    The fact that Parise is commenting on not just any back up QB, but this specific back up QB, is why there was a press conference.

    The Chicago Bears held a press conference when they signed their new back up QB in Jason Campbell.

    I doubt too many people questioned the Bears about that.

    But, Tebow is a special case that will get people talking regardless of what he does. Tebow moves the needle and gets people talking.

    And THAT is why there was a press conference to “unveil” Tebow as a member of the Jets.

  4. babar61 - Mar 28, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    I wonder when tebow will take his talents up north…cfl bound.

  5. jimeejohnson - Mar 28, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Zach, Zach, Zach: don’t you realize this country is filled with Evangelical right wing nuts who can’t think for themselves and let guys like Tebow define what life is about for them? NY is going to eat Tebow up like a cheap hot dog and spit him out when they are done chewing him out! Tebow was the best player in the nation in high school and college, but his skills mean nothing compared to his religious fervor to the hypocrites who hate first, and think much, much later.

    • stakex - Mar 28, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      Hard to argue with that.

  6. stakex - Mar 28, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Parise has a good point. Hes a backup quarterback, and people are makinga bigger deal about him going to the Jets then they are about Manning going to Denver. It makes no sense what so ever considering he wasn’t a very good quarterback last year, and once the league figured out his one trick show they beat the hell out him and Denver at the end of the season.

  7. drewsylvania - Mar 28, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    NY’s Jewish and gay populations are ready to give this guy the what-for.

  8. tcclark - Mar 28, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    please not here too. this is a hockey site. we’re better than this….. except the penguins fans

  9. noozehound - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    danphipps, he grew up in Minnesota, his dad lives here, he bought a house here, we have a couple friends if his on the roster already. His dad was a former North Star. Craig Leopold is going to do everything in his power to get him here. Minnesotans love a home town boy. The X will start selling out the minute he signs the contract. To have one of our own be a star playing for the home team is huge. Joe Mauer for example. Even Chad Greenway, for the Vikings. He’s from South Dakota, but he and his family ate huge Vikings fans. Sure, he’s not a superstar, but he’s a Damn good linebacker from the area. Jimmy Kleinsasser, the now retired TE for the vikings, was a HUGE fan favorite. He was drafted in the third round from North Dakota. It’s not that we just expect him to sign, but we do expect the Wild front office to make every effort to make it happen. It’s just good business.

  10. rainyday56 - Mar 29, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    Doesn’t matter who Zach signs with next year, he’ll eventually wind up an Islander just like his dad, Jude Drouin. (Gawd, that never gets old!)

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