Found July 06, 2012 on


Is there a more perfect storm than a pro athlete leaving, via free agency, the only franchise he's ever known on a day known for drinking beer and blowing things up?

Because that's exactly what happened when former Devils forward Zach Parise became new Wild forward Zach Parise by signing with Minnesota, on the Fourth of July, no less. One of the best American hockey players in the game today teamed up with fellow Red, White and Blue-er Ryan Suter to give Minnesota arguably the biggest free agency coup in hockey history.

Of course, with that type of earth-shaking decision comes obvious consequences, particularly in the city or region the star player leaves. In this case specifically, we're looking at you, New Jersey. Devils fans, just a month removed from seeing their team get steamrolled by the Kings in the Stanley Cup Final were understandably upset at seeing their captain turn in his horns for a few lakes and a couple of twin cities.

Never mind the fact that Parise was going home. Devils fans were heated. That's where the Fourth of July comes in. Instead of celebrating the birthday of this great country, Devils fans were left to commiserate with their American-brewed beers and illegal pyrotechnics. It was a recipe for, of course, burning jerseys. That's 'Merica, people.


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  • Get a life people...He's a Minny kid. Not a NJ kid. Grow up!!!
  • So true!
  • If this were my kid, he would be working off the cost of that jersey ...

    And really, that's enough of the QQing - Parise left, get over it.
  • Amen!
  • Real mature move...everyone's impressed now. Jealousy is such an ugly thing. Move on!

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