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Parise sticks up for Wild’s system

Feb 26, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

Zach Parise #11 of the Minnesota Wild looks on during the third period while playing the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on January 25, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 5-3.
(January 24, 2013 - Source: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

When the Minnesota Wild signed Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to big contracts this summer, hopes were high that the team’s offense would get a boost.

And not only would the Wild score more goals, it would score a few in style.

Hasn’t turned out that way.

Heading into tonight’s home game against Calgary, Minnesota ranks 29th in goals per game (2.06) and is still, according to critics, playing boring dump-and-chase hockey.

Parise, however, doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with the Wild’s system. It’s the execution that’s been the problem.

“We would all love a game where you can skate it in, curl up and make a play every time,” he said, per the Star Tribune. “That’s not the way the game is played. When we do have the opportunity to skate it in, we all have the green light to do it, but not at the risk of having a D gap up in your face, trying to make a cute play at the blue line, turning it over and having them come right back down on us.”

Conceding the obvious fact that turnovers at the opposition blue line are a bad thing, so too is losing the overall possession battle.

Good teams — whether by carrying the puck in or by making smart dump-ins and getting after it — find a way to gain control in the attacking zone.

The Wild hasn’t found that way enough this season.

  1. 950003cups - Feb 26, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Should’ve stayed in NJ Zach. Going from within 2 wins of winning a cup, to that? LOL

    Can’t wait to hear all the Wild fans who were slamming me for stating that getting Parise and Suter is not gonna be at all what is advertised. He was great in the NJ system, not the other way around.

    I can’t say I’m not enjoying this.

    Signing Parise and Suter = $196,000,000

    Signing Bonus = $50,000,000

    Cap hit = $7,538,462

    Watching Parise rank a league high 85th in points = PRICELE$$!!

    • 950003cups - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      Actually the combined cap hit is $15,076,924 until the year Houston gets the Wild.

      • woodstakes - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        LMAO are you actually inferring that The Wild are leaving Minny?? You are obviously uneducated to the degree to what exactly hockey means in Minnesota. Its called the State of Hockey… it literally is like an extension of Canada. Just take a look at how many NHL’ers are Minnesota natives. Hockey in Minnesota is what Football is in Texas and you think that the Wild are going to Texas… Wow man.. Just Wow!!

      • 950003cups - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:24 PM


        Why would I make that assumption? Oh, right, because YOU DID lose the North Stars! So much for that comment. You just blew $200,000,000 so fast, that Bernie Madoff is blushing. Finally, if these guys can’t carry the team on their backs, then why sign them for life? Ya’ll Minnys are a strange bunch. The whole NHL fanbase (and some franchises as well) are laughing at the Wild now.

        Wild is to the NHL what the Jets are to the NFL and the Mets are to MLB.

        Three big jokes of franchises with diehard fans, loads of cash, but no wins.

      • lordfletcher - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:39 PM


        Minnesota lost the North Stars because Norm Green couldn’t keep his hands to himself. You know nothing of anything outside of your little bubble.

        Read up on it kiddo

    • lordfletcher - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      Parise and Suter have been as advertised. Suter of late and Parise has been great all season… the issue is two players can’t take a team from bottom cellar to Stanley Cup overnight.

      We have (Wild fans) said that this is a 1-3 year project and this team projects better next year and two years from now very well once people like Zucker / Coyle / Granlund / Brodin / Larsson / Dumba / etc. have a few seasons under their belts and folks like PMB / Cullen / Heatley have moved on.

      This season is still up in the air. If they make the playoffs anything can happen, if they don’t… I bet you they will make the appropriate changes to ensure the playoffs for 2014

      • 950003cups - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        Just like last year. Sure

      • lordfletcher - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        “Just like last year. Sure”


        What are you possibly trying to say…. please enlighten us further.

        You should be on damage controll after your educated posts. Hard not to laugh at anything you have to say at this point.

  2. doubles22 - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Sorry to disappoint ya, cups, but watching Parise has been a real treat so far. And he brings a whole lot more than I thought. And Suter’s coming around, starting to find his game. And it wasn’t my money that brought them here.

    I’m no more ready to proclaim these deals a disaster 17 games in than I would be to annoint them an unabashed success. Think I’ll give it a year or 13 or so to play out.

    • 950003cups - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      hey doubles22,

      I couldn’t agree with you more. Only difference is, its been a real treat for Devil and Preds fans, more so than Wild fans (I would hope) LOL!!!!

      • spiciercheez - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        LOL!!! Still bitter haha, I love it.

      • 950003cups - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:10 PM

        Not anymore!! LOLOL!!!!!

        But I still think it was a dirty move telling fans and everyone that he wanted to go where he had the best chance to win, then he went to a bottom dweller in MN.

        Whatever. I just can’t laugh any harder at the whole organization. Are you sure Craig Leipold doesn’t have 2 silent partners names Woody Johnson and Fred Wilpon? LOL!!!

      • lordfletcher - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:33 PM


        It sure is fun feeding the trolls sometimes. I can’t get enough of your posts.

        Curious question. Are you older than 22? Your use of LOL and all of these !!!! !! !!! LOL !!! !!! !!!!!! !! make you sound like a 15 chick who’s going to a Bieber concert.

        I also like that you rush to any browser available because after each of your posts there are an instant number of thumbs up or posts you don’t like down. Do you call your best buddy Timmy and let him know which posts to approve of?

        PFFF! I feel like I am at the zoo when I read anything you comment on… I love it, keep em coming!!!! LOL !! !! !!!!! !! LOL !! !! !!!!! !!!!!!


      • 950003cups - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:39 PM

        Sorry to burst your little dream bubble, but there are in fact others in this world that do not agree with you or your comments. I haven’t called anyone. Lot’s of thumbs up considering this is a site that draws primarily Wild fans.

      • kopy - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:48 PM

        This is a national sports site. If it really did draw primarily Wild fans, then why would the Wild move to Houston? Certainly not for a lack on interest. You’re throwing out so many lame barbs that you’re contradicting yourself, and nobody thinks you know what you’re talking about.

        You might as well keep comparing the Wild to the Mets and Jets though, because you clearly don’t know anything about hockey or places where you can’t smell New Jersey.

      • 950003cups - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        right, because no first round draft picks never came from NJ. You have to be the stupidest bunch of morons ever. One of you morons (woodstakes) even compared Minny as an extension of Canada. You must me the pride of Minnesota guys.

  3. operwapitsai - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    I think youre a little butthurt your boyfriend parise left you and new jersey

  4. hojo0606 - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM


    You might possibly be the most unintelligent person ever to comment on a sports site.

  5. 950003cups - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Wow! you thought that one up all by yourself?

  6. danglesnipecelly24 - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    950003cups you lose.. everyone else wins. Bag it up you’re an idiot

  7. 950003cups - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Keep drinking the Leipold Kool-Aid and enjoy. But you all know I’m right. you could say what you want. The team record speaks for itself, and your hundred million dollar man is sitting 85th in the league in points and declining. By the weekend, he’ll be in the low 90’s.

    • williplett - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:45 AM

      Or Parise could score the overtime game winner a few hours after you go on your bitter ranting spree and the Wild end the night second in their division-just like the New Jersey Devils. The only difference is that the Wild are 5-2-1 in their last eight games and finally getting on track and the Devils are 3-4-1 in their last eight and just put their starting goalie on IR.

      I am curious to see how it all shakes out…

  8. danglesnipecelly24 - Feb 26, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Points don’t mean everything. He’s playing with new guys he’s never played with before. Anyone who’s ever played hockey before(which you obviously haven’t) knows it takes time to pick up the system and chemistry with team mates. By your reasoning since parise is 85th in pts he must be the 85th best player in hockey? Good one. Just like your boy Patrick Elias is tied for 10th makes him 10th best in the league. Talk to us at the end of the season and we’ll see if your right then. Idiot

    • 950003cups - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      If you guys don’t mind waiting for my team to finish.

    • 950003cups - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      points mean nothing, right. So by your reasoning, goals mean nothing as well. I guess its not whether you win or lose, as long as you try hard. Silly rabbit

  9. billymccloskey - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    loud noises

  10. billymccloskey - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    just another typical east coast guy with their head up their own ass. SMH

  11. danglesnipecelly24 - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    950003cups where in my post does it say “points mean nothing”? If you knew how to read it says points aren’t everything. Yes goals lead to wins and that’s all that matters but just because parise isn’t raking up the pts doesn’t mean he isn’t playing well. You of all people should know he’s a two way player so if he’s not scoring he’s playing d the pts will come.

  12. blomfeld - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:44 PM


    The writer of this article sums it up perfectly by saying that good teams “always” find a way to gain control in the attacking zone. Succumbing to the status quo and offering up lame excuses is not what a “winner” does! (eg: an LA King) … and it certainly isn’t what someone receiving a 100 million dollars does! Rather, a true winner (eg: an LA King) will first assess the situation and then apply a winning strategy accordingly, without hesitation or compromise. While it’s amusing to poke fun at these overpaid “parasites” like Parise, I do seriously feel for the good, decent “hockey-loving” folk of Minnesota. They’re as knowledgeable and passionate about the game as anyone and they’re loyal. The bottom line is that Minnesotans deserve so much more. And so with any luck and God willing, Parise now either shapes up or he ships out !

    • lordfletcher - Feb 26, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      Holy crap, you’re alive… .where have you been ? Or am I blind

      • blomfeld - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:07 AM

        I’ve been away friend, though never in spirit … :)

  13. danglesnipecelly24 - Feb 26, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    OT winners any good?

  14. kingsforever - Feb 27, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Never understood why they picked Minnesota.
    Yeah I know they got a lot of money but they could of gotten a lot of money from teams that are 1) actually good. 2) aren’t located in the middle of nowhere. Or even both

    • valoisvipers - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      It’s where their women live.

      • lordfletcher - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        and the rest of their family and where they grew up. It’s home.

        How is that hard to understand?!

        Not everyone wants to live out east or west, buried in concrete. (that’s not a knock, just reality) There are folks in this country that enjoy the simple life the midwest offers, the only downside of the upper midwest is the winters if you don’t enjoy the sometimes bitter cold. Luckily most do and play hockey, go ice fishing, snowmobiling, ski – snowboard.. etc.

        If you were offered $100 million to play the sport you love, in your home town or close by, wouldn’t you? MN doesn’t offer the best option to win now, but they can (not great odds but it is possible). Wild prject well in two – three years. Time will tell if they made the right hockey choice, but they made the correct life choice for them and the people that they care most for

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