I can't help but laugh at the people calling today stressful.
Parise and Lou had two entire years to come up with a way for Parise to avoid being a UFA. Did you honestly believe that if he got to July 1 without a contract, that he was going to pick a team within 7 hours of getting his freedom?
I truly believe he wants to be here. I truly believe Lou wants him here. I truly believe that Parise is using all the tricks in the book to get his money (and rightfully so) and I do believe that Lou's patience will pay off.
If you think today is stressful, just wait until next year. Zajac, Elias, Zubrus, Clarkson, and presumably the 40 year old goaltenders hitting UFA all at once. Henrique, Josefson, and Tedenby hit RFA too.
Ugh, let's not talk about next year. Zajac absolutely can not leave this team.