Zach Parise calls owners' 50-50 proposal 'a publicity stunt'
A "depressed" Zach Parise, recipient of one of the offseason's biggest free-agent deals, told Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, he's fed up with NHL owners.
Parise called the 50-50 revenue-sharing proposal released by the NHL a "publicity stunt" designed to lure fans and media to the league's side of the current labor-lockout standoff. He questioned the owners' dedication to negotiate after quickly passing on three proposals in 10 minutes Thursday.
“Something is not right there,” the Wild’s Zach Parise said. “It’s confusing. All these owners, maybe this was their plan the whole time, to sign all these guys to these big contracts knowing full well they’re not going to pay the value of them. To me, that doesn’t sound like good-faith negotiating, yet they keep preaching it.”
“You have all these owners signing big deals minutes before the CBA expires and then going the next day, ‘We don’t want to pay these contracts,” Parise said. “Maybe that’s how they conduct business. That just doesn’t seem right. What if us players signed a deal and said, ‘You know what, I actually want 15 percent more?’”