Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wild Make Another Roster Move; For The Worse, Of Course

Yesterday, the Wild released center Mark Parrish. True, Pear wasn't the best offensive player, and not the best defensive forward ether; If management was looking for numbers, I guess cutting Parrish was an easy decision. Management should know better though, games aren't played on paper, and we saw that in the 03' playoffs. Mark Parrish reminds me of one Wes Walz by the heart and determination he has. Pear has a ton of heart, and he leads by example every shift. On a hockey team you need to have snipers, enforcers, grinders, playmakers, agitators, and role players. Parrish would be one of your role players. Over the course of a long season and the playoffs, you need someone who will stand up in the dressing room and demand accountability from every player on the team; he's a player who doesn't just talk the talk, but also walks the walk. True, Parrish isn't a great player, he might not even be an above average player, but I believe he was the character guy who held the Wild together.  

Oh, and while I was at orientation for St. Thomas, the Wild locked up P-M Bouchard long term, which is a very good thing. I think they should have signed him sooner, but whatever, at least we did. We'd be in deep trouble if he wasn't in a Wild uniform come the start of the season.