Parise wants to stay with Wild, but the situation is far from resolved
He saw the press gallery towards the end of the regular season and for much of the playoffs, but when he came in he was pretty effective. Maybe Minnesota fans should get used to the feeling, as this could be how the rest of Zach Parise’s tenure with the organization plays out.
Both teams downplay the importance of this concern and Parise says he wants to stay with the squad, but that will need to be sorted out this offseason because, make no mistake, Parise is not happy with a role of fourth row decreased. Michael Russo of The Athletic writes: “He hasn’t asked to be traded or redeemed in the last four years of his contract, but at this point it wouldn’t be shocking if he was ready to take either. the other to be able to start again elsewhere. General manager Bill Guerin said he sympathizes with Parise. He notes:
Guerin said he empathizes with the transition that Parise, who turns 37 in July, is going through.
“Hey look: Dean and I both played. We understood. We’ve both aged, too. These guys are all human beings. They all have emotions. They all feel. When you play with guys, when you cut the ice time or when you scratch them healthily, yes, they’re not happy. We know that. We expect that, and we expect them to fight. When Zach got back into the lineup, we really wanted him to try and prove us wrong, and he did to a certain extent, and he came back improved.
Parise showed flashes of brilliance when inserted into the Wild’s roster, but it still feels like the Wild don’t have long-term plans for him. This is a problem given that it is stuck on a long contract at a high value.
Parise informed the team that he wanted to return next season and he shared that sentiment with the media after his exit interview for the season. It will be interesting to see if he has a more productive start to the next year and if that sentiment changes. Guerin says Parise has been told he has put himself in a good position for next season and no one is assuming he will start on the fourth line. At the same time, each player must be flexible.
Parise has little choice
Hopefully Parise comes back and is productive enough to be the regular contributor he would like to be. If that doesn’t happen, he might not have much choice but to come to terms with his fate as someone who could come in and out of the roster.