Any true New Jersey Devils fan will say it: they were lied to.
After months of hearing former captain Zach Parise say that his 'priority' was to remain with the Devils and got a contract done, and that he 'loved' playing in New Jersey, the Minnesota-born hockey player left to sign a 13-year/98-million dollar contract with the Wild.
Parise, who scored 31 goals and added 38 assists in 2011-2012, joined with fellow unrestricted free agent Ryan Suter, making the Wild the less-successful NHL version of the Miami Heat.
Parise had the perfect system in New Jersey. Playing with the team that drafted him and groomed him into one of the most-liked players in the NHL, he wasn't forced to be the go-to guy to score goals.
In fact, scoring goals was barely his role.
Throughout the season, Parise was more of a complimentary player to sniper Ilya Kovalchuk, using his speed to beat defensemen to loose pucks around the net, scoring most of his goals on physical plays on-crease.
In four playoff series, Parise scored just six non-empty net goals, something that isn't exactly screaming $98 million.
Kovalchuk finished the season with 37 goals and 46 assists, far more productive than Parise's statistics, although Kovalchuk was given much more pressure during the Devils run to the Stanley Cup.
The Devils run this past playoffs wasn't built on a single player. They had seven players finish with at least 10 points, including Kovalchuk's league-leading 19, defensemen Bryce Salvador's 14, rookie star and Calder finalist Adam Henrique's 13, 12 from David Clarkson, and 10 from Dainus Zubrus.
Across the river, Devils fans never knew what it was like to have such a high respect for a captain who won their team a cup, then left the following summer. Now they do, and for most, it's not a good feeling.
Since Parise left, there have been groups against him on social networking sites, videos of people burning their Parise jerseys and other aparell.
A message to those fans: keep it going.
People couldn't get behind New Jersey during an improbable cup run where they beat two division rivals who were deemed much better than them, a goalie people said couldn't play anymore and with players who simply didn't cut it.
Now, with their captain leaving, why not embrace it? Devils fans have a team to be proud of, and for the first time in a long time -- maybe, forever -- everyone can come together, both against Parise and in support of New Jersey.
Perhaps the biggest lie that Parise told Devils fans was that he wanted to go to a winning team. He went from one of the most successful hockey franchises over the last decade and a half and went to a team that has 11 playoff wins in their history.
Certainly, Devils fans are mad. And of course, Wild fans are happy. Until October, fans can only speculate, but let it be known: the Devils were good with Parise, and they'll be just as good -- if not better -- without him.