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Report: Carolina to make play for Zach Parise

Apr 30, 2012, 5:16 PM EDT

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From Luke DeCock of the Charlotte News and Observer comes this news about Carolina’s offseason acquisition strategy:

For the first time, the Hurricanes have identified a first-line caliber winger to play with Eric Staal as their top priority.

General manager Jim Rutherford has declared that owner Peter Karmanos is willing to spend the money, and a not-too-subtle whispering campaign has identified New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise as the No. 1 target.

Financially, this strategy makes an awful lot of sense for Carolina. Parise will be arguably the top free agent available come July 1 (depending on your feelings for Ryan Suter, of course) and few teams have the Hurricanes’ financial flexibility.

At the time of writing they have 18 players under contract for next year with almost $20 million in cap space — and don’t have to sort out Jeff Skinner‘s next contract until 2014.

Just two questions: One, how much is Carolina willing to spend? And two, does Parise want any part of the ‘Canes?

Based on the contracts given to franchise cornerstones Eric Staal (seven years, $58 million) and Cam Ward (six years, $38 million), it seems Karmanos and Rutherford have no problem breaking out the checkbook — something they’d almost certainly have to do for Parise, who could be eyeballing that nine-year, $60 million deal Brad Richards signed with the Rangers last summer.

But will Parise make money his main priority? Other teams rumored to be interested include Minnesota (the hometown allure) and Detroit (the “being centered by Pavel Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg” allure).

  1. Phil Young - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    It’s at least nice that they are talking about actually going after the talent now with specific players. Usually they just say we want some help for Staal and then sign someone like Anthony Stewart (who I like and is a good dude but c’mon).

  2. philly4lyfe - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Bring back rod brind’amour.

  3. martysbetter - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    This article was already posted 3 weeks ago.

    *cue obligatory Minnesota Wild fan’s post about how Parise’s dad says Zach loves Minnesota and has a house there*

  4. travishenryskid - Apr 30, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    They aren’t allowed to talk about players on other teams. If I were New Jersey I’d have a problem with this.

    And to the Hurricanes, at least 15 teams are going to be willing to make a serious pitch to him. You are hardly alone.

  5. sicklife1 - Apr 30, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    How about my Isles? They have to have the cap room, and Parise’s dad did used to play for them a while back. It would be masterful to see Parise paired up with Taveres & Moulson…..What a potent line that would be. Of course we will still probably finish in the bottom of the East, b/c of our horrible coach.

  6. scoops1 - Apr 30, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    he is coming to Detriot

    • crazemastercraze - Apr 30, 2012 at 7:28 PM

      i agree whole heartedly. why would he want to go anywhere else? he’s going to get everything he wants in hockeytown: the big, long term contract and a chance to win the cup every season(the team is obviously dead set on contention every year, drafts incredibly well and will still be able to add necessary pieces even if they pay out to parise).

      as a devils fan, the reality has already set in that he’s gone. this would be less likely if they didn’t HAVE to have Kovalchuck, but it is what it is!!!

  7. biffnasty - Apr 30, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Devils can’t afford to sign their captain bc of the 100 million dollar bust, a shame really

  8. mediatedviscera - Apr 30, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Parise has never shown to be in it for the money, (although the guy is worth a fortune he does everything and he does it well, he deserves to get paid.) Detroit could pull a replacing instead of rebuilding. I think regardless of wether Lindstrom will stick around or not, the Wings need to do a rebuild similar to the one Philly has done. Good players, good drafting, and a real gamer (like Parise or even a Ryan Sutter, even Matt Carle when placed with the right partner is pretty amazing his stats and Sutters are pretty damn close and both will be available. Detroit has always drafted well and their management is top notch, plus it’s the Detroit Red Wings.) I can’t see him going to Carolina. At the same time Jersey has a few short contracts and Marty is going to be leaving soon…when he does they will rebuild almost everything…Lamarillo is crazy like that. I think most teams should look at what the Bruins or a GM like a Holmgren in Philly or a coach like Hitch have done. Parise is such a reliable great player (smart too) I think he goes somewhere where “The Plan and System” are good, they guy can play and thrive in any system and a lot of western conference defense happy teams would love him. Carolina has been dropping turd since they fired Laviolette and Hot Rod retired, they seem weird and aimless. teams that seem realistic are Detroit, Tampa, San Jose, LA and St. Louis…Possibly Nashville if they lose sutter or webber that team needs a responsible offensive leader

  9. herbiecane - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Have to admit I don’t see my Canes winning the league-wide bidding war for Parise. But he’d be NICE on Staal’s wing.

    Losing Erik Cole’s production killed us this year.
    Among other things.

  10. wenzel0232 - Jun 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    The canes dropped the deuce with Maurice (literally) and had the best overall record down the stretch after hiring Muller.

    The Canes have a solid system, And the players always rave about the organization and the area with the mainstays planting roots and staying in the area after their playing days. (Francis, Brind’Amour, Wesley, Aaron Ward, Even Erik Cole’s Family remains)

    The coach, system and money are there, but without an acquisition prior to free agency (Nash? Jagr? Whitney?) I’m afraid Staal and Skinner may not be enough to attract Zach.

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