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Wild fans dream of adding Minnesota native Zach Parise

Mar 13, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

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Just about any NHL fan base could probably be guilty of imagining how much of an impact pending unrestricted free agent Zach Parise could make on their team’s lineup.

Still, some likely have a little more reason to dream big – and Minnesota Wild fans are in that group.

As SBN Minnesota’s Bryan Reynolds points out, Parise is a Minnesota native and his father (and former NHL player) J.P. Parise said that he expects him to live in the State of Hockey after he retires.

Parise’s dad said that “fun” and other factors are important – not just money. Reynolds breaks down why the Wild would clamor to add him (and why they might fall short of certain standards, particularly fun).

No one at Hockey Wilderness put very high odds on either player coming to Minnesota, and no one was willing to say there was better than a one in three chance Parise suits up in Iron Range Red.

Still, Parise seems to be the main target. Suter might provide the stability the Wild blue line needs, but Parise is the ticket selling signing. Parise adds the scoring touch the Wild haven’t had since the departure of Marian Gaborik. Parise would put the fans in the seats, and then provide the excitement to get them right back out of them. And… he’s a good Minnesota boy. The Wild’s Joe Mauer.

There’s only one problem. The money is there. The winning and fun are not.

Parise could be the Wild’s Joe Mauer? I demand his appearance in cheesy dandruff control shampoo commercials, then.

(H/T to Puck Daddy.)

  1. bcisleman - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Doubtful ZP will leave NJ. If he does, however, I suspect that it will be for a team that has a better chance than NJ to win the Cup. All due respect to Wild fans, but that would not include their team.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:03 PM

      Doubtful he’ll leave NJ? That’s a new revelation. If it was doubtful he’d leave NJ after this season then he probably would’ve signed for longer than one year. He wants out.

  2. martysbetter - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Oh man, you HAD to post this article did ya?

    Cue Wilds fans posting about how he built a house there and heard on a local radio show that “he wouldn’t mind playing in Minnesota” – and how the Wild are “2 or 3 years away from a cup”

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:47 AM

      well all of that is true but you seem to lack any knowing of how good the Wild COULD be in two to three years without adding anyone in free agency. Grab the latest THN and read up on the Wilds prospects. They have the ability to get very skilled soon and have the cap space to add, it’s just a matter of if the big name guys sign this year or next.

      The Wild will be competing soon, just not this year. Also add the fact the Wild will be in the draft lottery and adding ANOTHER top prospect. If you’re that blind, it’s a shame.

      The Wild are shedding contracts that our previous GM killed this franchise with. Our current Chuck Fletcher is making some very impressive deals and picks so far. Look for him to make another big splash at this years draft to show the up coming free agents he is for real!

      I don’t like the odds of the Wild landing Parise but I can personally tell you how exciting it is just thinking of it. I don’t see him staying in NJ no matter what. Better options for him than there, say what you want but he is VERY mad at what has happened over the last two seasons in NJ

      • martysbetter - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:12 AM

        Prospects are exactly that, PROSPECTS. No guarantees, every team has them and nowhere near all of them pan out.

        I respect your optimism, every fan has it about their draft picks, but you aren’t a cup contender until you’re a cup contender.

        Also, please find me a quote where Zach has said he’s “VERY mad” about whatever you’re referring to happening in New Jersey.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        Yeah prospects are just prospects, but the Wild have 4 of the top 50 which is unheard of.

  3. dumptrucked - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    huge WILD fan, but am a realist. Zach will not sign with the Wild, he will remain in the East somewhere. Sutter is also unlikely however I think the Wild will make a stronger push for him behind the scenes. I counter my rube friends outlandish outlooks with the argument that if Parise was such a hardcore MN boy that he wouldn’t have chose the arch nemesis fighting sioux over the Gophers.

    • ThatGuy - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:24 PM

      Not really, He went to SSM where his dad was A.D. North Dakota has the SSM pipeline.

  4. cup0pizza - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:11 AM

    I think he’ll go to the franchise his dad starred for. The Stars have the cash and an attractive near future.

  5. greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Funny the Wild added Tom Gilbert who grew up with Parise and played at Wisconsin with Suter. Wild have two high level prospects coming next year, in not more. Grandlund who is a top 5 NHL prospect will be here and Coyle is already signed. Wild will have cap room for both even if the cap is lowered this fall.

  6. cup0pizza - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Having 4 of the top 50 prospects isn’t unheard of, and yeah …..prospects are just prospects. You sure use a lot of hyperbole about a boring franchise like the Wild.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      Go back and tell me when any franchise had 4 high level prospects all at one time. So yeah it is unheard of. Pittsburgh didn’t even have 4 at one time. We all have seen what Granlund can do, so we know he can play. Coyle has signed and will be here maybe for a few games later this season, if not next year. Bulmer had already played 18 games with the Wild earlier this year and showed belongs. Zucker, Brodin, and Philips all have huge upside. This isn’t even counting Matt Hackett who is a star in the making. Oh yeah and a top 5 draft pick this year doesn’t hurt. And as posted earlier, all of these kids are going to be coming up as we shed the bad contracts left behind from Risebrough.

      Now only if Risebrough had traded Gaborik, Demitra, and Rolston as opposed to letting them walk….

  7. cup0pizza - Mar 14, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    lol….okay, homer.

  8. n001363 - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    What’s so fun about New Jersey? Minnesota stocks the NHL with players. It’s about time they paid it back. Hockey in some of these cities is like having professional surfing teams in the cornfields. They’ve never seen ice. They have no f—king idea what hockey is. Places that breed the leagues players and have the most knowledgable fans shouldn’t have garbage teams. They should stop marrying these cunts who want their husbands to play in cities where it’s warm all year. Make the world some Hockey players Los Angeles, Dallas, Tampa!!! until then, The NHL will still be a JOKE!

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