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Parise’s dad says son would “fit right in” with Rangers

May 18, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

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Timing — it’s everything.

That’s what J.P. Parise might soon learn after giving an interview to Arthur Staple of Newsday.

In it, J.P. answered queries about his son, Zach, possibly joining the New York Rangers when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

“Zach likes Torts a lot,” J.P. said. “Zach knows how to work, he doesn’t shy away from the discipline part of it. He’d fit right in there.”

Zach, as you may know, currently plays for the New Jersey Devils.

The Devils, as you also may know, are currently fighting with the Rangers for a spot in the Stanley Cup finals.

The Devils and Rangers, as you may have heard, kinda hate each other.

So yeah. Timing!

Now do keep in mind, asking J.P. about Zach going to the Rangers is totally legit:

— Zach is represented by Newport Sports, the same agency that scored Brad Richards a nine-year, $60 million deal from the Rangers last July.

— J.P. spent three years playing in New York (okay, technically on Long Island) and called them “terrific.”

— Tortorella was an assistant coach for the silver medal-winning U.S. team at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Zach was the forward that scored the goal with 24 seconds left to send the gold medal game to overtime. (Rangers captain Ryan Callahan was also on the team.)

All that said, it should be noted the elder Parise offered a disclaimer for his comments.

“My son has said he’s waiting until the end of the year to decide anything, and that’s what he’s told me, too,” he explained. “And that’s because he knows I have a big mouth.”

  1. scoops1 - May 18, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Would love to see him in Detroit but if he goes to the rangers, hope he follows the unsuccessful run the former devils had when they went to the rangers: Driver, Gomez, Peluso.

    • jkay1818 - May 18, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      Peluso had success with the Devils? By the way, i dont think he ever played for the Rangers.
      Gomez panned out pretty well for the NYR, sather was able to trade him to MTL, getting higgins and most importantly ryan mcdonagh, he fleeced them. He later landed prust that season by trading higgins. Not to mention, he freed up the cap space that gomez was making to sign gaborik. he stunk with NY but was a blessing in disguise.

      • baustin128 - May 18, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        This is without a doubt the dumbest logic to support a horrendous signing.

      • challer9 - May 18, 2012 at 2:59 PM

        It wasn’t a “horrendous” signing for the Rangers. He had 70 points his first year, 58 his second and then got traded for Ryan McDonaugh. How is that “horrendous”? Sounds good to me.

    • baustin128 - May 18, 2012 at 1:48 PM


  2. miketoasty - May 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    “The Devils, as you also may know, are currently fighting with the Devils for a spot in the Stanley Cup finals.”

    Interesting, sounds like we have some Devilception going on. So if the Devils beat the Devils will the Devils then have to play the Devils for the chance at the Devils cup?

    • Mike Halford - May 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      Crap, busted.
      Also, fixed.
      Also, thanks for pointing it out. It’s the only way I’ll ever learn.

      • miketoasty - May 18, 2012 at 1:38 PM

        Just trying to help!

      • brian32556 - May 18, 2012 at 4:20 PM

        He needs all the help he can get.

  3. martysbetter - May 18, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    He fits right in with the Devils too – JP Parise needs to quit trollin’ all these fan bases.

    • miketoasty - May 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      I think a player like Zach would fit in with almost any team in the league. This guy plays in every situation and plays with discipline. He can score you goals or play solid D. Would love to have him on the pens but KNOW that will never happen.

    • polegojim - May 18, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      He’ll be a Red Wing… period.

    • brian32556 - May 18, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      Puh-lease! He is so gone from the Devils the second the clock strikes midnight July 1! And if he comes to the Rangers, I would be more than pleased! LET’S GO RANGERS!!

  4. pantherpro - May 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Hey Dad! Shut up!

  5. rockthered1286 - May 18, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    In all seriousness, the Caps need to take a run at bringing him in.

    Also in all seriousness, there’s no way way a team with no coach and a few key players in limbo (Semin, Green) will have a legit shot at Parise.

    Sidebar: I vote Oates to leave his current gig and come coach. Simply because I see no other options out there.

    • challer9 - May 18, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      The Capitals? With what cap room? Ovi’s hit is 9.5 million (thru 2021), Backstrom’s is 6.7 million (thru 2020), Laich’s is 4.5 million (thru 2017) and you can expect a cap hit of 8 or 9 million wherever Parise goes. So 4 players take up half the cap space (and are signed long term)? You do realize you have to have at least 20 players on a team right?

      • rockthered1286 - May 18, 2012 at 4:59 PM

        Look at ALL of the numbers boss: those 3 for the Caps= $20.7M. Between Queen Henry’s contract (6.9), Richards (6.6), Gaborik (7.5) there’s $21M. Then you have Cally (4.2), Duby (4.2) and the handful of youngster’s the Rangers need to keep on board, so how do the Rangers facilitate the cap room for Parise? Not like they’re sitting on a ton of space either…


      • greatminnesotasportsmind - May 18, 2012 at 7:18 PM

        The Wild will have 17-18 million in cap space available. They are all in on both Suter and Parise. Parise will sign 6 years 52 million (minimum) and Suter will get 6 years 48 million. Everyone counts the Wild out, but I bet they get at least one, if not both.

  6. hockinj25 - May 18, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    A player of his skill would fit in with every team.

  7. wellwood4hart - May 18, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    is there ANY chance he sticks around in New Jersey? What if they get to the finals? Shouldn’t Lou be looking for a backup who isn’t 39 years old?

  8. greatminnesotasportsmind - May 18, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Any team that wants him needs to be willing to pony up at least 6 years 52 million. That’s the starting point. Or so I’ve heard.

  9. dabutcha114 - May 18, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Wow not only are the Rangers gonna win this series in 5, but then they are gonna take the Devils best player.

  10. bcisleman - May 18, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    WOW! JP, loved you as an Islander…but that was cosmically DUMB!!!! Love to know what ZP had to say to his dad after that! Of course, any thought of ZP playing for the Rangers will be long gone after the Devils take them in 5 and win another Cup!!!

  11. gmenfan1982 - May 18, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Id LOVE to see him in the old Blueshirts sweater!

  12. capsfan19 - May 18, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    That would sick if the wild got the both of em! Whoah that would be cool.
    Ewww please not the wings or the rags…. That would be no fun. Stay in jersey dude!

  13. vindicatus - May 18, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    So how about updating the story with JP’s statement that he issued to the media after everyone went nuts with this story? JP issued a statement that he was very disappointed that Newsday took his comments out of context and that he has not even spoken to Zach about anything but the playoffs and that is where his focus is right now:

    I guess Newsday and sports bloggers have about the same amount of journalistic integrity.

  14. newyorkislanderfancentral - May 20, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    That would be James Dolan’s Newsday, that owns Msg that owns the Cablevision Rangers.

    Can you say tampering.

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