Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 10/28/12
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 out here tonight and play in front of some people and have a good time and support a good cause. But hopefully we can start playing for real." While a full 82-game regular season hasn't yet been ruled out, the chances of a full slate of games appear slim. Now, the players are just hoping they'll have any sort of a season at all. "We're still hoping that something gets done," said Islanders forward Kyle Okposo. "We all want to play. We would love to see something get done sooner rather than later." The lockout has been especially tough in Minnesota, as Wild fans were plenty excited after their team acquired Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter via free agency this offseason. Sunday's charity game was the first time Minnesotans had a chance to watch the duo on the ice together. By this point, they should have had four games in St. Paul to have that opportunity. "They're excited. It seems like everyone's excited for the team and for the season to start," Parise said. "Unfortunately, it's not fair to the fans what's happening right now." The same can be said for fans of the Winnipeg Jets. The franchise moved from Atlanta (previously the Thrashers) to Winnipeg prior to the 2011-12 season. While the Jets missed out on the playoffs last year at 37-35-10, fans were happy to have hockey back in Winnipeg after the city's team previously moved to Phoenix in 1996. Like the Wild fans, Jets fans must wait for their newfound excitement. "It's kind of been ultimatum this, ultimatum that, back and forth," Jets forward Blake Wheeler said of the lockout and the ongoing negotiations. "At this point, nothing's really surprising anymore. It's really too bad. I think compared to the last lockout, it seems almost foolish we are where we are. We should be able to hammer out a deal. We're a lot closer. We're bargaining over things that shouldn't be keeping us out of hockey right now." For one night, the game returned to the State of Hockey. Players such as Islanders forward Kyle Okposo, Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk and Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien took the ice in Minneapolis, having nowhere else to play. They're all hoping the lockout ends soon and they can get back to playing games that count in the standings. "I know as players, we believe in what we're fighting for. We believe in the cause," Wheeler said. "I think that's the most important thing is that we're unified; we're informed. From there, you can only try to strike a fair deal. Obviously, we're not trying to get everything on our wish list. That's not the way deals get done. "But at the same time, there's got to be some give and take on both sides to be able to negotiate and bargain. That's the way this thing works. Until you get to that point, there's going to be a lot more charity games." Follow Tyler Mason on Twitter.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Magic want Cavs GM Griffin to run basketball operations

Seven most shocking development from Day 2 of NFL Draft

Joe Mixon drafted by Bengals; fans boo pick

Vikings land Adrian Peterson’s replacement, trade up for Dalvin Cook

WATCH: Kris Bryant launches moonshot completely out of Fenway Park

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Kevin King, alone in green room, taken first in Round 2 by Packers

Felix Hernandez, Mitch Haniger expected to miss 3-4 weeks for Mariners

CFL fines head coach for meeting with Johnny Manziel rep

Reuben Foster hung up on Saints when 49ers called him

Packers ‘taking calls’ for No. 33 pick in draft

Bears confirm that Mike Glennon is their starter for the 2017 season

The 'Beast Mode as a parting gift' quiz

Best of Yardbarker: Don't sleep on the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Our favorite undrafted players of all time

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Kicking it: Orlando surges while the Galaxy struggles

Three Up, Three Down: Madison Bumgarner gets grounded

Box Score 4/28: NFL Draft gets younger every year

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'NFL Draft Day is finally upon us' quiz

Most memorable 'NFL Draft weekend drama' stories

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern rivalries take center stage

Marshawn Lynch gives an already-spurned city hometown appeal

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Don't sleep on the Stanley Cup Playoffs

The 'Beast Mode as a parting gift' quiz

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Our favorite undrafted players of all time

Kicking it: Orlando surges while the Galaxy struggles

Three Up, Three Down: Madison Bumgarner gets grounded

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'NFL Draft Day is finally upon us' quiz

Most memorable 'NFL Draft weekend drama' stories

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern rivalries take center stage

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker