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Parise on snubbing the media: “I probably would have said some things I’d regretted.”

Zach Parise

New Jersey Devils left wing Zach Parise talks to the media during a news conference, Tuesday, May 15, 2012, in Newark, N.J. A day earlier, the Devils lost 3-0 to the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference final playoff series. Game 2 is Wednesday in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


When Zach Parise decided to not talk with the media after the Devils’ 3-0 Game 3 loss, it was seen to be a curious move by the team captain. A day later, Parise made sure to own up to what he did and offer an explanation.

Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger gives us Parise’s take on why he opted to shut things down rather than say something he’d have to take back.

“I probably would have said some things I’d regretted. So… I was just upset about how the game went,” Parise explained today.


“I was just upset with the way the game went,” Parise said. “That was it. I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job of making myself available for almost 100 games this year. I figured if I took one night off it would be okay.”

Taking a day off is almost always fine, it’s just that those days off don’t usually happen in the middle of the Eastern Conference finals. As for the thought he might’ve been unwilling to talk thanks to the mini-controversy drummed up thanks to his father’s comments on his future, it looks like there was absolutely nothing to that.