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There are some things about Zach Parise that are not debatable.
He was definitely the prize of this free-agent class and he is definitely a fantastic leader with a lot of skill. Those are not things that are being contested.
His contract, and go ahead and throw Ryan Suter in on this as well, overrates him an unbelievable amount.
Let's just do a quick comparison. Last season, Zach Parise had 69 points (31 goals, 38 assists). He got a contract for 13 years at $98 million.
P.A. Parenteau scored 67 points (18 goals, 49 assists) on a much worse Islanders team. He got a four-year, $16 million contract.
A difference of two points is apparently enough to earn you an $82 million advantage over another player.
Not to mention, Parise went to a team that doesn't play offense. The Wild are a defense first team that doesn't allow for any type of real offensive creativity; just ask Dany Heatley.
If P.A. Parenteau came out with the Avalanche and scored more points than Parise, which could have been a real possibility had their been a season, I think fans would have had a reason to be a bit upset.