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Everyone is already drooling over Zach Parise

Jan 15, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

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If Zach Parise were to become a free agent after this season, virtually every NHL team would want him. That’s just how it would go. The New Jersey Devils, of course, would like to stop that from happening. The catch here is that the Devils might not be able to afford him.

Eric Duhatschek of The Globe And Mail points out that Parise said this week that dollar amounts would be a big factor in any negotiations with him whether they’re with the Devils or another team. It’s nothing personal, it’s just business. For the financially troubled Devils that could mean having to potentially trade Parise to get something for him.’s Tim Panaccio finds out that Parise’s agent,, Wade Arnott,  would be happy to negotiate in season with the Devils, something GM Lou Lamoriello does not do. If the Devils wanted to get a leg up on the competition or freeze them out completely come July, they could do so.

Instead, they’ll sit back and wait and by doing that, they’re letting a lot of teams willing to open the vault for the 27 year-old American star. The Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson points out that the Detroit Red Wings and their oodles of cap space could offer up to five years and $8.25 million per for Parise to play alongside Pavel Datsyuk.

Hang on, we just fainted here.

Duhatschek points out that both Minnesota and Los Angeles would also be all in on Parise. Parise is from Minnesota and the Kings would love nothing more than to get back at the Devils for beating them out for Ilya Kovalchuk two summers ago.

Unless the Devils change course and try to lock up their franchise forward, the rumors about trading Parise will only increase as the deadline approaches and the summer could wind up being the “Summer of Zach.”

  1. scottfmullin - Jan 15, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Panthers have somewhere around $9 million in cap space too, maybe more. It would be hard for Parise to turn down the Wings though, no matter how much money the small market teams will throw at him.

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Jan 15, 2012 at 5:39 PM

      He won’t go there no matter what…. It seems like it’s between the Devils, Wings, Wild… in that order

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Jan 15, 2012 at 5:40 PM

        I only give the Devils the lead because they currently own his rights… if they let him go to FA, kiss him goodbye

      • scottfmullin - Jan 15, 2012 at 5:44 PM

        If Devils miss playoffs I can’t imagine Parise would return. Wants to play for a winning team with shot at a cup. But I’m just saying that a fat contract could sweeten the deal

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Jan 15, 2012 at 6:49 PM

        I agree money might factor but Florida wouldn’t even be on his teams to consider… Detroit makes sense for all the obvious reasons ….. Minnesota is very likely because he is from here and his wife / fiance (I forget) lives here and they just bought a new house on lake Minnetonka $$$$, Minny is on the rise even thou their season will end very badly top 10 pick …. who knows what will happen but I would be shocked if it wasn’t one of the 3 teams mentioned

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 15, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    He wants to go somewhere that gives him a chance to win. Him to DET: that ain’t fair.

  3. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jan 15, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    He will be wearing the forest green, iron range red, and wheat colors of the Minnesota Wild next year. They have the cap room to get a deal done with him. Oh boy, I can’t wait for him to getting pucks from Grandlund, and Koivu.

  4. danphipps01 - Jan 15, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Detroit’s got a bit of a preference for older stars when it comes to free agent signings, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they sooner went after a guy like Iginla than Parise, especially considering he’ll go cheaper long-term by comparison. Not saying they won’t go for Parise, they’d be crazy not to and crazy they aren’t, but don’t be surprised if Minny edges them out for the hometown hero.

  5. rainyday56 - Jan 16, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    Vive les Diables de Quebec!

  6. andyreidisfat - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    If this guy gets 8 million per then we need a new pay system. I like the kid and think he’s a good player maybe in the 5-6 million range. But the 8 mill contracts are supposed to be for superstar types who win scoring titles and such. Does anyone think Zach is worth more than stamkos ? Really?

    • jpelle82 - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      agreed, he is not stamkos good. he isnt even the best guy on his team either

  7. jpelle82 - Jan 16, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    they wouldnt have made him captain if they didnt have a plan in place to re-sign him.

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