The 13-year, $98 million contracts signed this offseason by newly minted Minnesota Wild teammates Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are being pointed to by the league's owners as the exact type of contracts that need to be eradicated from the spot as a new collective bargaining agreement is negotiated. But for his part, Parise, like most players in the NHL, is in no rush to give into the owners.
"I think the '04-'05 season is still pretty fresh in everyone's minds, and now we find ourselves in the same position," Parise said after a workout in St. Louis Park on Tuesday, Aug. 26. "It's not good for the game. It's not good for anyone. We're ready to play. We want to play. But (NHL commissioner) Gary (Bettman)'s pretty adamant about his third lockout of his tenure."
The owners will lock the players out beginning on Sept. 15 if the two sides can't hammer out an agreement.