Parise didn't intend criticism of Bylsma

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 25, 2014 - 12:42 AM

Wild winger Zach Parise said comments he made after the United States lost to Finland in the bronze medal game Saturday were misconstrued and not intended to criticize U.S. Olympic coach Dan Bylsma or the system of the Pittsburgh Penguins coach.

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rodeoguyFeb. 24, 1410:36 PM

those last two games the team looked like the wild when they were getting 10 shots a game.I wonder where Yeo leaned his offensive system,it sure look familar.

toner_04Feb. 25, 14 8:56 AM

Maybe it is an indictment of the captain of the hockey team...

skeptikFeb. 25, 14 9:41 AM

Time to get back to NHL hockey. Lots of games in a very short time frame (just like last year). Should be an interesting race to the playoffs. Lets get started!

sage62Feb. 25, 1411:05 AM

Parise may have back-pedaled, but his initial comments were spot on. The Pen's coach has the luxury of having a more talented roster than his opponents. This wasn't the case in Sochi against Canada. We were severely out coached and paid the price for it. Throw in the Finnish debacle and it is apparent, Bylsma is not the answer.

northsportsFeb. 25, 14 1:48 PM

The US needed to make some line changes for the last 2 games as they set the lines up to play defense first. This kept it close in the game against Canada but needed to be changed earlier in the game when they were down. The lines were way too defensive in the Finland game and it kept them from getting the flow going against Finland while making Finland play more defensively instead. I like Bylsma but he was too slow on making the proper line combination changes to get the offense kick started against Canada and especially against Finland.

caferevFeb. 25, 14 3:00 PM

Two things: I love Parise, but why does he always seem to be at the center of a team with "forechecking" issues? Seriously. Why put so much emphasis on forechecking when you can put all your emphasis on possessing the puck and make forechecking relatively inconsequential? I just don't get this mentality, and it permeates Wild culture. Secondly, if the Wild really wanted to get Granny, Parise, and Suter "acclimated to the time zone," why keep them here? Why not fly them to Edmonton early, so they can get use to the time zone they'll actually be playing in???

wildwildfanFeb. 25, 14 6:00 PM

Yeo captained the Aeros to a Turner Cup. Yeo was Therrien's assistant when he was fired. Shero didn't fire Yeo but kept him on as Bylsma's assistant. Why wouldn't Shero fire Yeo too? They just so happened to go on to win the Stanley Cup. Yeo leaves Pens to become Head Coach of the Aeros. Aeros make it to the AHL final. Yeo is promoted to Head Coach of the Wild. Fletcher could very well be a genius as much as Yeo is a proven champion. Stanley Cup will come in the Yeo era.

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