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Blackhawks GM on Parise: “We made a very impressive offer”

Jul 4, 2012, 9:03 PM EDT

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Plenty of teams went after Zach Parise in the last week or so, yet the Chicago Blackhawks’ interest seemed both unexpected and fascinating. Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman addressed the media regarding the Parise sweepstakes, talking to Martin Brodeur and the overall free agent outlook.

Here’s what Bowman said about Praise and making big moves:

“We made a very impressive offer to Zach. It came down to a family decision. You have to respect that,” Bowman said. “Our objective is not to make ‘a splash.’ Our objective is win hockey games. You can’t look past the group we already have.”

Bowman said that missing out on Parise and Ryan Suter won’t stop Chicago from bolstering that already-strong group. He said he’s happy with the team’s goaltending, but had to at least take a look at Brodeur. CSN Chicago’s Chris Boden collected Bowman’s thoughts.

Bowman says #Blackhawks would have been foolish not to check into winningest Goalie/Parise/Suter & doesn’t disparage what team already has.

That’s true, but there’s no denying that goaltending – as in, Corey Crawford – was (and has been) Chicago’s biggest failing. The Blackhawks do indeed have a talented core, but they won a Stanley Cup with depth as well as high-end talent. Bowman still has some work to do to retain that.

  1. lordfletcher - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    First of all. Sorry to the NJ and Nashville fans for losing out on their players.

    MN Wild fans are in a state of euphoria, even 12 hours after ‘the decision part II’

    Best of luck to everyone and have a good season

  2. vindicatus - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    Stuff it. We don’t need your sympathy.

    Have fun with a 26 year, near $200 mil commitment to Laverne and Shirley. It’s still not going to change anything in Minnesota.

    Rate me down all you want; it’s the truth.

    • mcstank - Jul 5, 2012 at 7:29 AM

      Look at the wilds roster.. You’re smoking pole if you don’t think that is going to change anything. Look at how well they did before the injuries last year without suter and parise. Deep playoff team contender now. You are obviously a nj or hickville fan and are just bitter over losing an all-star.. can’t wait to watch the wild kill it this coming season..

    • comeonnowguys - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:41 AM

      Except that it’s not.

      This doesn’t make them the cup favorite, but it makes an already-improving team a much tougher team to beat night in and night out. This will affect the Western conference, and they have as much right to expect a run at the playoffs as any of the other teams that have fought for 6-8 over the past few years.

      You may not need their sympathy, but it sounds like you could use a hug.

      Not a Wild fan.

  3. mnskolvikes - Jul 5, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Will there even be a season with the lock out very likely?

  4. tangentmechanic - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    I’m just glad the Bowman didn’t get rid of any of the Hawks high end players to make room for Parise, a la Pittsburgh.

    If the Wild could play the whole year like they did the first half of last season, they’d be pretty sick WITHOUT Parise and Suter.

  5. adambballn - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Even though the Hawks did not get Parise they still are winners here in my opinion. The haven’t lost a single player, got Carcillo back. The Wings have lost Lindstrom and added no one and the Preds lost Suter… neither of these guys can be replaced by anything left in the market at the moment, that’s 2 big losses from the 2 teams that finished ahead of them in the division last season.

  6. darksidecowboy - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Umm…adding Carcillo isn’t something to be bragging about, just saying.

  7. mattyg89 - Jul 5, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Is this guy serious? Crawford is our biggest failing? Do you remember Huet? The guy was terrible, hence why he was loaned out overseas. Look at how bad he played in the worlds. Crawford had a bad year I’ll admit but remember he took over the starting role from established veteran Marty Turco.

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