MINNEAPOLIS By now, Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise should have already played in seven regular-season games with his new team. Instead of skating at Mariucci Arena on Sunday in a charity game, Parise should have been preparing to take on the Washington Capitals on Monday night at Xcel Energy Center.
Instead, the National Hockey League lockout has forced Parise and the rest of the league's players to find other ways to get their hockey fix. On Sunday, the Defending the Blue Line charity game drew over 30 current and former NHL players to Minnesota.
On Friday, the NHL canceled all of its games through November as the players and owners have been unable to agree on how to share the league's revenue. The ongoing struggle to come to an agreement has left a sour taste in Parise's mouth, as well as his NHL brethren.
"Everyone's getting frustrated. It's not good for the game," said Parise, who signed a 13-year, 98 million contract this offseason to join the Wild. "It was fun to come...