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PHT Morning Skate: Zach Parise thinks New Jersey return will be fun

Mar 20, 2014, 8:12 AM EDT

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Some might be weary of a reunion like Zach Parise will experience with the New Jersey Devils, but he simply thinks it will be fun. (

The Chicago Blackhawks put together a great video on Michal Handzus‘ 1,000th game last night:

One Toronto Maple Leafs fan passed along his best wishes for Paul Ranger, who was in a scary collision last night:

Wunderkind Connor McDavid is revving up interest in the Erie Otters. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Darryl Sutter believes that Jarret Stoll might become a good NHL coach some day. (LA Kings Insider)

Look away Dallas Stars fans: a retrospective regarding the James Neal, Matt Niskanen and Alex Goligoski trade. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

All you could ask for regarding Sean Couturier‘s beard. (Flyers)

  1. patthehockeyfan - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Wow! Yoda, rather Darryl Sutter, spoke and made perfect sense. It’s a shame he sometime futzes around when answering reporters questions. While not eloquent (who of us is?), he spoke very well of Stoll, and he was a bit introspective. Nice piece from the LA Kings Insider. Comments section there was … hmmm … amusing?


    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      It’s an interesting comment.

      Sutter is an amazing coach. He’s the right balance of realistic and gracious when it comes to his public display. I enjoy listening to what he has to say, I just wish he would put in his dentures before talking. LA is lucky to have him. He’s their backbone.

  2. hockey412 - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    I feel kind of ripped off, that article had very little to do with the beard. I still have a lot of questions.

    • James O'Brien - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:40 AM

      Oof, sorry to hear that.

  3. lowenni - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Don’t think Parise will be having “fun” when 16,000 Devils fans are booing him.

    • 950003cups - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      Devils fans will be too busy booing their own team. If they have time, maybe they’ll try to squeeze in a few boos for Parise.

    • purpleguy - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      In Minnesota, we’ll simply interpret the sound as “Louuuuuuuuuuu”.

  4. credible316 - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Don’t blame Zach, blame Lou for choosing to sign Kovy to that horrid contract.

    When a player gets cut or traded, it’s just business.
    But when a player leaves in free agency it’s WHERE’S THE LOYALTY

    He chose to come home and took less money doing so. Get over it!

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      It may hurt now but the Devils dodged two bullets.

      Kovy’s contract was just bad. He’s worth the money but the way the contract was made out, it was far too dangerous for any team’s future. I’m certain the new ownership knew it and certainly weren’t going to fight Kovy’s decision to retire.

      Parise just isn’t worth that kinda money. To say this guy is worth more money than Stamkos or even Kovalchuk is ridiculous. Minnesota is a desperate team that had advantage of being his hometown, which is perfectly explains why they overpaid for him. He’s a fine regular season scorer but during pressure games like eliminations, overtime, playoffs and Olympics, he earned his nickname of “No Show.”

      Last year he had 1 goal while his team was getting their bums kicked. He was something like a -6 or -7 too. He was also invisible, as the captain no less, for Team USA this year as well. Until this guy starts leading and dominating in crunch time, overrated is a very fitting term.

      For a moment, the Devils had a chance for a fresh air in terms of salary cap clearance from poor financial decisions. However, their GM is going senile and likes to collect geezers with bad contracts and is putting them back right in the same situation.

      • purpleguy - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        Hopefully, the above-rationalization on Parise makes you feel better.

      • hockey412 - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        What IS going to hurt the Devils is continually losing the assets they have for nothing, allowing the team to age to the point that the remaining assets are worth little, and not having the ability to restock the farm before all this occurred. They haven’t failed yet, but when they do, it will be for a long, long time.

      • credible316 - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        You could say that every team “over pays” for any free agent. That’s the way the market works when your the guy everybody wants.

        To compare Parise to Kovy or Stamkos would be ridiculous. Two different styles of game. Stamkos and Kovy are me first snipers and great ones at that.

        Parise’s a grinder with a great work ethic. One you would want in your locker room if you’d have alot of youg talent, which we do.

        People who think he’s going to turn into Crosby or Ovi in the playoffs are just unreasonable. Is Toews overrated because he had the same performance in the playoffs against the Wild?

        Parise is who we thought we were going to get. A great leader with a great work ethic who will out hustle anyone to the puck. He’s a two way player who can score and is the face of the franchise.

        There is a monkey on his back but he did captain a team to the cup finals.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM

        Agreed, hockey412. Aside from defensemen, the Devils organization has pretty weak prospects, with the exception of possibly Boucher.

        It’s a sign their GM and scouts are dated.

        Teams like Chicago, Boston and Pittsburgh can always build depth and find diamonds on an already difficult to manage salary cap roster.

        I can’t wait to see what Yzerman crafts in Tampa with their prospects.

        So I’d agree, the Devils are in a position for a bumpy decade.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      I don’t care which team he plays for. Not a Wild or Devils fan.

      The guy isn’t worth Stamkos or even Kovalchuk money.

      Hope you’re not a fan of a team that was dumb enough to spend 200 million on a negative 14 last year in the playoffs and are trying to defend it? That would be hilarious.

      • credible316 - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:09 PM

        I’m a fan of a team that went out and targeted the 2 best players in free agency and landed both of them.

        Parise doesn’t make Kovalchuk money and when Stamkos gets his next deal, he will be making more than Parise.

        What’s hilarious is that dumb owner who cut that 200 million dollar check is laughing all the way to the bank.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        Umm Parise would have made more than Kovalchuk had he signed a similar contract with the Devils compared to the one he signed with the Wild. That’s ridiculous. He’s not even in the same talent category.

        So, yeah, you don’t have any clue what you’re talking about.

        And umm, gratz on 200 million for a negative 14?

        Smart business move indeed.

        If you really think the Wild are going to win anything with “No Show” and Sutter as their two money sinks til 2025, then cold air has frostbit your frontal lobes.

        Both of these players will slow (especially Sutter who’s calling card is 40 minutes of icetime) in about 5 years and the Wild will still have to eat another 6 years of the contracts. Desperate hockey town that’s tired of being in Canada’s shadow and overpaid to try and be relevant. Nothing more.

      • credible316 - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        If your basing the entire investment on the first year of their contract, then you don’t have any clue about what your talking about.

        The fact is if they had signed with your team, it would have been a great move.
        But since they didn’t, you need to tear down others to feel good about yourself.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        The assessment was based off of his history of choking or being invisible in games that mattered throughout his career with the New Jersey organization, his performance in this year’s Olympics as an abysmal captain and his disappearing act in last year’s playoffs.

        It appears reading is hard for you and apparently the cold air has already frozen the multiple parts of your brain that are required for basic reading comprehension. I’m not a Wild or Devils fan. I’ve stated it before and as recently as our transaction.

        I love hockey, and watch many teams.

        It’s sad that your desperate team overpaid for a couple players that they’ll wind up having to find someone to unload their contracts on in 5-7 years when they become unproductive in comparison to the massive cap hit and will have no silver and nickel to show for it. Don’t hate on others for laughing at your team’s blunder. It’s our right. And it’s fun.

      • credible316 - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        When in doubt or when backed into a corner, throw out insults.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        So that’s the best you got? You can’t even argue with the points made so you try to deflect on to your feelings getting hurt over the internet for your horrid reading comprehension?

        Grow a pair.

      • credible316 - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        Careful tough guy. Have yours dropped yet?

      • strictlythedanks - Mar 20, 2014 at 6:51 PM


        Suter>easily 99% of the leagues d men

        Jealousy is not a good look for you, bloodcraver.

        You obviously don’t watch the Wild much, you fail to realize the other talent on this team and how good of a shot a cup they have in upcoming years.

        Meet me in the alley, high noon, fisticuffs.

  5. patthehockeyfan - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    There’s no place to post this right now – no PHT story today. The good news is that Tim Bozon awakened from coma and is now in stable condition.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      Good news indeed.

  6. luvmnsports2012 - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Don’t be mad bro….haters will hate! Lol

  7. luvmnsports2012 - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Overpaid for this and overpaid for that….give me a break! It’s getting old.

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