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Zach Parise is mad at owners but doesn’t single out Craig Leipold

Oct 18, 2012, 9:09 PM EDT

Craig Leipold, Zach Parise Getty Images

Minnesota’s Zach Parise has been pretty vocal when it comes to calling out the owners as the lockout rages on. He’s sounded off before, but after seeing the NHL reject the players’ union’s three proposals this afternoon, he’s got his dander up again.

Parise tells Michael Russo of The Star-Tribune he’s upset about how the owners conducted business this summer with a lockout on the horizon they knew they’d put into effect and Wild owner Craig Leipold sort of gets called out.

“You have all these owners signing big deals minutes before the CBA expires and then going the next day, ‘We don’t want to pay these contracts,’” Parise said. “Maybe that’s how they conduct business. That just doesn’t seem right. What if us players signed a deal and said, ‘You know what, I actually want 15 percent more?’”

Russo asked Parise if he was, indeed, calling out Leipold and he wisely said he wasn’t “pointing fingers” at anyone. Hmm.

Leipold, of course, signed Parise and Ryan Suter to identical 13-year, $98 million contracts this summer. Meanwhile, Leipold is one of the owners leading negotiations for their side, precisely one of the owners Parise would be calling out if he were assessing blame.

Awkward.

  1. jimw81 - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    apparently zach didn’t look at his contract

  2. blomfeld - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Parise is now gonna “get it” big time ! … no two ways about it

  3. waye09 - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Bet Leo just loves his new Parise. Akward

  4. inerrantword - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    He gets a signing bonus anyway so he is still getting paid right now – and not a small amount.

  5. luvmnsports2012 - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    HATERS!!

  6. id4joey - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Don’t bite the hand that feeds you, Zacho. For a bunch of guys who are aware that all this is a big show that will end in a settlement by thanksgiving (as predicted by my friend blomfeld), they are acting strangely. Yes?

    • blomfeld - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:18 PM

      All Hail to Chief Joey !

      Thank God I’m not the only one who can see what’s going on here ! … that was “seriously” starting to become a bit scary for me ! :)

      GO “Id4joey” GO !!!!!

  7. jessejames182 - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    nothing will happen to parise, Leopold made it pretty clear he’d give up his left nut just to get parise in a wild jersey. he’s just lucky parise isn’t the type of person to demand it and make everything about him *cough ovechkin*

    • blomfeld - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:23 PM

      Ovechkin notwithstanding … trust me friend, Parise has made a very grave mistake …

  8. travishenryskid - Oct 19, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Gotta feel bad for the average player who makes $1 million per year and has a 6 year NHL career having to lose one, possibly two years off of that career because the guys who make $10 mil per season and plays for 15 seasons aren’t satisfied. Good luck getting anything close to what you have in the NHL anywhere else. You work in BY FAR the best work environment that somebody doing your job could have, yet it’s still not good enough. These players are brainwashed.

    • 5kbo - Oct 19, 2012 at 5:07 AM

      How is wanting what you’ve been told you’re going to receive being brainwashed? So if your employer told you that you were going to lose more than 7% of your paycheck, you’d be happy about it?

      • travishenryskid - Oct 19, 2012 at 8:50 AM

        If I realized I wouldn’t do any better anywhere else, I’d learn to deal with it.

  9. rico33rd - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    And a player has never signed a contract and then held out or wanted to re-negotiate. Both sides want it both ways.

  10. martysbetter - Oct 19, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Said it once, I’ll say it again – Zach “Part of the Problem” Parise everyone.

  11. mnhockeydad - Oct 19, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Just yesterday I was thinking how much I respected Parise for just keeping his mouth shut and letting guys like Toews and Crosby be stupid. Ugggh.

  12. cweez2 - Oct 19, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Snapping at your boss’s boss isn’t a good idea either, Zach.

    • mmmpierogi - Oct 19, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      Please. I couldn’t care less about Parise or the Wild. That said, it’s obvious that Parise can say what he wants to, within reasonable limits, and it won’t matter in the long run.

      The lockout will wash over and fans will come back, particularly in places like Minnesota. Consequently, and like any other owner, Leipold will be back to profit emphasis. Part of that entails have guys suit up that fans obsess over — people who will sell tickets, merchandise, and other fun goodies that people and their kids line up like sheep to spend cash on. Parise is that, as was evidenced when the Wild signed him this summer and you all lost your minds over it and started predicting conference finals and Stanley Cups for the next five years.

      Thus, Parise can be as whiny or (seemingly) hypocritical as he wants to be, and he can take subtle jabs at Leipold to the media. At the end of the day, he’ll still be coming back, and people will line up to watch him play. Worse comes to worse and he does have to face up to Leipold in some awkward interpersonal situation, he can attribute any statements to frustration stemming from the lockout situation.

  13. dino1730 - Oct 19, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    From the guy who made sure he negotiated a 12million dollar signing bonus in case there was a lockout. Seems like he pretty much knew this was going to happen, funny how he waited til that 12 million dollar check cleared first to say anything.

  14. lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 19, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    *facepalm* Not smart, dude!

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