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Get off Parise's back

Posted by: Jim Souhan under Brett Favre, NHL news, Wild management, Wild news Updated: July 3, 2012 - 8:54 PM

As Zach Parise has spent three days hearing pitches from teams, discussing deals with his agent and meeting with his family and advisors, I've heard fans accuse him of becoming the next Brett Favre, of actling like a diva and keeping teams, and the free agency process, on hold.

Give me a break. Give him a break.

He's a thoughtful guy who's taking all of these immense offers seriously and doing his due diligence before making one of the biggest decisions of his life. He has to weigh opportunities to win, money, cities and travel. I don't blame him a bit for taking his time.

Plus, it's been three days. Three days! If he had signed on Sunday, that would have meant that he knew where he was going before free agency even started. He spent much of Tuesday traveling.

The people complaining about Parise's patience are fans who think it's Parise's job to make them happy, and media members who didn't want to be bothered on July 4.

This really isn't about you.

The longer Parise deliberates, the more you have to believe he's taking all offers seriously. That can only help the Wild.

By next year, none of us will remember whether Parise took three or five days to make this decision., Only his decision will matter.

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I'm writing about the Wild's pursuit of Parise for the Wednesday paper. Please follow me on Twitter at @Souhanstrib.

 

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