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Zach Parise isn’t buying into the “Doomsday” talk

Dec 8, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

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Minnesota’s Zach Parise hasn’t been one to shy away from speaking his mind during the lockout. He’s called out Gary Bettman and spoken freely about blaming the owners, except his own of course.

After seeing talks fall apart on Thursday, many have been saying how it could ruin talks the rest of the way and kill the season. Parise tells Michael Russo of The Star-Tribune he isn’t buying that at all.

“I don’t think it’s as dramatic as everyone’s trying to make it,” Parise said. “I don’t know the ins and outs of everything. But we have an agreement on a lot of things, I mean, a lot of things. There are still one or two things that need to be talked about, and in my eyes that’s not a total derailment of a negotiation. I think people are being a little dramatic thinking this is Doomsday, which I don’t believe.”

People being dramatic during the lockout? No way…

Truth here is Parise’s right. Thursday’s very public blowup feels almost like it was all for show but both sides are closer than they were before they hunkered down to meet for three days. Time will tell if that’s actually true or not, but both sides clearly need to play this season.

  1. AlabamaFanRollTide - Dec 8, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Tell me why salvaging a season now , right around the Holidays is a better idea then just calling it quits, gathering your thoughts, and taking the time to meet over the summer where it’s not rushed, pushed and everyone panicking? , do ya’ll really think the fans are going to show up from January on? get real lol Arenas around the US will look like ghost towns

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Dec 8, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      Maybe arenas in Phoenix, Anaheim, and Dallas will look like ghost towns.

      But I can think of 186 million and 3 players why Minnesota fans will show up. I can see Boston, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, etc. coming back no problem.

      • AlabamaFanRollTide - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:00 PM

        The league as a whole cant survive and make this so called ‘record breaking revenue” it claims it’s been making for the past 7 years if all the Arenas are packed each night and after this debacle , alot of people arent coming back and I mean ALOT . There’s not much else to do in Minnesota but Sports anyways , so this has got to be killing them folks I bet. Cya next year !

      • badintent - Dec 8, 2012 at 3:50 PM

        @BamalosingtoTexas A& M

        You can always got to a Ted Nugent Concert or watch his guns shows on OLN ! Thank goodness for that

    • blomfeld - Dec 9, 2012 at 1:24 AM

      Empty like ghost towns ? … perhaps you meant to say “empty” like your head eh ?

      • badintent - Dec 9, 2012 at 1:55 AM

        Her LA Valley babble talk was classic !

  2. bcsteele - Dec 8, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    I’d like to know how both sides are closer if everything the owners moved towards the players is now off the table? Does that not mean square one? Which pretty much spells lost season.


  3. AlabamaFanRollTide - Dec 8, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    And also, I think when we sit there and watch the normally mild mannered Gary Bettman look and sound like he wants to punch someone in the mouth after his press conference the other night , then yeah spoiled little Parise , it is getting towards doomsday…. for YOU THE PLAYERS

    • blomfeld - Dec 9, 2012 at 1:25 AM

  4. woodstakes - Dec 8, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Man some of you guys just believe every single thing that comes out of Bettmans mouth. “I’ve been under EXTREME pressure to pull the “make whole” idea off the table up to this point… Now everything we’ve ‘given back’ is off the table” Yeah right!! Yup I’ll believe that when I hear… “We’ve canceled the season!” until then its nothing but a ploy to get the players to cave some more. You really honestly believe that the owners are willing to go ALLLLLL the way back to the beginning of this?? They could still get 60 games in and that would mean they get FULL sponsor dollars for the season! If the players walked in and said “Ok, we’ll take the last offer you gave us…” you guys really think the owners would say “Nope, we are back to square one!” They probably did feel that way 2 days ago… but there is no way they are willing to give up months of progress to go backward and do it all over again to get back to EXACTLY this point again. My god, some of you are so gullible its truly unbelievable. Its a PR game, its ploys, its BS! All I know is I wish ALL of you would come on down to my dealership and purchase your next vehicle… I’ll get you a really good deal! LMAO

    • AlabamaFanRollTide - Dec 8, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      right , ok lol , another wanna be mr insider you must think you are

      • woodstakes - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:19 PM

        I don’t pretend to be “another wanna be mr insider”, but I am able to actually actively search out information and get myself educated on what is going on. I didn’t quote “My sources tell me..” or anything like that. Everything I stated as fact can easily be searched and found to be factual. As for the rest of it… I negotiate every single day of my professional life. I’ve done it from both sides of the table, consumer or company. I’m not saying i’m an insider on how negotiations go on between sports franchises and they’re unions. But, all of the things that are “leaked” or said after things go bad are the same type of BS I hear everyday, maybe the words are different but the intent is the same. You can go ahead and keep on believing the sky is falling everytime Bettman opens his mouth…Good luck to you on that.

      • tatdue - Dec 8, 2012 at 7:31 PM

        It’s nice to see some common sense on here woodstakes. Judging from the posts here yesterday and today I thought it totally disappeared from this site….

      • blomfeld - Dec 9, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    • blomfeld - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:50 PM

      Woodstakes – Well said, as at the end of the day there’s absolutely “nothing” to fear. We will have hockey this season for sure and the NBA “template” theory is now looking more and more like the eventual outcome. Besides, come playoff time in June, nobody is going to give a hoot whether the season was 82 games or 52 games … nobody ! :)

      • badintent - Dec 8, 2012 at 3:47 PM

        Kind sir, please post video of The Doors singing, ” The End”
        “When the music ‘s over, Turn Out The Lights !”
        “This is the end my friend”
        Sums up the proceedings for the last 5 weeks.

      • blomfeld - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:31 PM

  5. mp1131211 - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    I didn’t think pulling everything off the table was what Bettman meant. I thought he just meant everything that the owners had concede to since the start of the owners/players talk. No? Seems these guys are wicked close.

    • bcsteele - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      They pulled the “make whole” off the table. Which has been getting worked out for a couple several weeks now. Sounds to me like everything is off the table. I’m not saying they may be willing to reconsider; That’s just what Buttman said.

  6. AlabamaFanRollTide - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    if the two sides are ” wicked” close then why arent they playing hockey by now? …

    • blomfeld - Dec 9, 2012 at 1:31 AM

  7. sportsfan69 - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Mr. 100 Million dollar man,

    You may want to wake up now.

  8. valoisvipers - Dec 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Zach isn’t buying into the doomsday talk, hum didn’t he get his 10 million on July first, I guess that eases the pain unlike most other players.

  9. stakex - Dec 8, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    What Parise says is true… IF, and only if the owners were blowing smoke about their offer (especially the make-whole clause) being off the table. It would make sense that if the players asked for it, that offer does in fact still stand.

    Its also possible though that the players really pissed the owners off, and that the make-whole really is off the table for good. If thats the case, this week really was doomsday for the season.

  10. somekat - Dec 9, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    The deal is off the table. But only so far that the NHL will not allow it to be a starting point in any future talks. They next round of talks isn’t going to be “well, you offered this before, lets work from there”. That is thier “best case” deal. In any future talks, that will be the owners stance. “We offered what we were willing to, that was not a starting point, it was a finishing point”.

    If the players accepted that offer today, I think the owners put it back on the table. If the players try to pretend like they can start there and ask for different stuff, it won’t. Simple as that. But it would have to be done in the next week or so in order to save the season the way the owners want. If that doesn’t happen, the last deal will not be re-offered, because they won’t be able to recoup wat they thought they could this year

  11. AlabamaFanRollTide - Dec 9, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    Ive pretty much gotten blomfeld (aka dumbfeld) to lose his mind , his drivel has ran out so instead he replies with videos, he has alot of free time on his hands with this lock-out , he’ll have all winter and spring to come up with better material then this since there will be no hockey to watch

  12. LoyalFan34yrsGoKings - Dec 9, 2012 at 5:35 AM


  13. LoyalFan34yrsGoKings - Dec 9, 2012 at 5:35 AM

    First week in that month there will be hockey!

  14. LoyalFan34yrsGoKings - Dec 9, 2012 at 5:36 AM

    …NHL hockey.

  15. LoyalFan34yrsGoKings - Dec 9, 2012 at 5:37 AM

    I just be drunk. Good nite

    • valoisvipers - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      Drinking from the Stanley Cup will do that to you.

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