Blackhawks fans can’t help but wonder what the team would have looked like this season if Zach Parise had signed with the Hawks instead of the Minnesota Wild.
But Parise, who chose a 13-year, $98 million deal with the Wild over the Hawks and the New Jersey Devils, doesn’t let his mind wander in that direction.
“No, it’s over,” he said Tuesday morning in the United Center’s visitors’ dressing room.
Parise, who had 31 goals and 38 assists with the Devils last season, entered Tuesday with eight goals and seven assists in 21 games. And Wild coach Mike Yeo is quite pleased that the American star chose his team over the Hawks.
“When you sign a contract like that, you’re always going to be measured statistically, people are always going to look at the bottom line,” Yeo said. “But with a player like Zach, there is so much more that he brings to the table. Our team has really started to pick up our game, and it’s not a coincidence. This is a guy that delivers every night. The work ethic that he brings doesn’t cheat the team in any way, he’s going to go out and do things the right way. He’s a huge part of our team.”
Wild star Zach Parise has no regrets
Chicago Sun-Times | Mar 6