Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/6/12

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...

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