Skip to main content

Dad Wild About Son Coming Home To Minnesota

Zach Parise signed a 13 year contract with the Minnesota Wild worth nearly $100 million dollars.

It is a homecoming for Zach, who was born in Minneapolis where his French-Canadian father J.P. Parise played nine seasons with the old Minnesota North Stars.

The most dad was ever paid was $100,000 a season. Zach will make more than that in his first week this season.

"For me, it's beyond comprehension, I guess. I'm an old guy (70). I'm from the old school. I don't think like that," J.P. told the Pioneer Press.

Zach's decision to come home was in no way influenced by his dad or his mom Donna.

"Not really," J.P. said. "The only thing I said is, 'Zach, it's not about tomorrow or today. You've got to look at the big picture here. How will (the Wild) be in a year or two? Will they keep progressing and getting better so that they have a chance to challenge for the (Stanley) Cup?'

"So Zach did all kinds of research on that and was very, very satisfied with the status of the Wild's organization, the prospects and all that. He's looking at the big picture."

Zach should be impressed by what he sees developing in Minny. Obviously the addition of friend Ryan Suter on the blue line is an equally huge boost. Nicklas Backstrom and Josh Harding provide very solid goaltending in net. Mikko Koivu is one of the league's most underrated players. Hopefully he can finally stay healthy for a whole season. And if Dany Heatley, Devin Setoguchi and Pierre-Marc Bouchard can have bounce-back seasons, the Wild are serious contenders for their division title.

But Parise and Suter should be most satisfied with what is yet to come in Minnesota. Mikael Granlund will debut this season. He is arguably the best player outside of the NHL right now. Soon Charlie Coyle, Matthew Dumba, Zack Phillips and Jonas Brodin will lead a pack of promising prospects that rival any organizations.

Parise and Suter should make the Wild a playoff team. But it is the coming generation of young guns that will make the Wild true contenders. The Wild are well positioned to become a top team in the NHL in the coming years.

Say What? Back in April Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold was quoted as saying “We’re not making money, and that’s one reason we need to fix our system. We need to fix how much we’re spending right now. [The Wild’s] revenues are fine. We’re down a little bit in attendance, but we’re up in sponsorships, we’re up in TV revenue. And so the revenue that we’re generating is not the issue as much as our expenses. And [the Wild’s] biggest expense by far is player salaries.”

So spending nearly $200 millions on 2 players is fixing their expenditures? Mr. Leipold isn't a billionaire because he's dumb. But apparently he thinks hockey fans are.


Tommy said…
It definitely looks great for the Wilds!/Tommy

Popular posts from this blog

100 Greatest Hockey Players Of All Time

What follows is a listing of the 100 greatest hockey players of all time, in my opinion. As discussed earlier, the definition of greatness is a very personalized endeavor and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.
While there is no way of ever truly ranking the top 100 definitively, it is important for the creators of such lists to be open and transparent of how the came to their conclusions. That accountability allows the reader to better understand the process. 

Although admittedly I'm using a completely unscientific formula, I weigh career achievements (era statistics, awards, championships) and legacy (impact on and off ice, peak dominance) equally high. I rank player ability as the third most important ingredient, as first and foremost as a tie breaker. Hence, I'm not necessarily looking for the better player, as in text book definitions of what a hockey player should be, but for players with the greatest careers and greatest legacies. Therefore the best player is not n…

Top Ten Junior Players Of All Time

Let's take a look at the Top Ten junior players of all time. For the purposes of this list we will at players in the WHL, OHL and QMJHL only.

10. Pat Lafontaine, Verdun, QMJHL Rookie-record 104 goals, 234 points in 1982-83; major junior player of the year.

9. Denis Potvin, Ottawa, OHL 254 games, 95 goals, 234 assists, 329 points. Broke Bobby Orr's junior records.

8. John Tavares, Oshawa, OHL 215 goals, 433 points in 247 games; most goals in OHL history; eligibility rules changed to admit him at 15; 2006 major junior rookie of the year, 2007 major junior player of the year; two world juniors, named 2009 all-star, top forward and MVP.

7. Sidney Crosby, Rimouski, QMJHL 120 goals, 303 points in 121 games; two-time major junior player of the year; silver and gold with Canada at two world juniors.

6. Eric Lindros, Oshawa, OHL 97 goals, 216 points in 95 games; one Memorial Cup victory; three world junior tournaments; major junior player of the year in 1991.

5. Mike Bossy, Laval, Q…

Greatest Hockey Legends: M