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Kings might be interested in Parise if he becomes an UFA

Jun 1, 2012, 8:56 AM EDT


They’re enemies today, but Zach Parise might end up playing for the Los Angeles Kings next season. Although it’s certainly far from a sure thing, the Kings think they can make a run for Parise, according to Pierre LeBrun’s sources.

Strictly speaking, the Kings should have the salary cap space for it, especially if the cap rises to $70.3 million, as some reports suggest it might. However, what the salary cap will actually end up being will be determined by the next CBA, which might not be decided upon until after July 1. In other words, spending up to the cap now might have consequences later.

In addition to that, the Kings need to keep some cap space free because Jonathan Quick is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2013. He currently comes with a $1.8 million annual cap hit, but he’ll get a substantial raise with his next contract. Although Jonathan Bernier certainly has the potential to become a great starter, re-signing Quick will probably be one of their top priorities.

If we ignore all that, there are still plenty of other teams that will be interested in Parise’s services and that list will likely include the Minnesota Wild, Detroit Red Wings, and New York Rangers – and of course all this speculation will be moot if the New Jersey Devils manage to re-sign him. Still, even with all that considered, the Kings shouldn’t be ruled out as a possible destination for Parise if he hits the free agent market.

  1. dougr42 - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    If he loses to them, is he really going to want to sign with them? If he beats them, will the Kings accept him? How about some legit UFA speculation?

  2. martysbetter - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Just to save the brilliant journalists at PHT some time, here are a list of teams who “might be interested in Parise if he becomes an UFA”

    Anaheim Ducks
    Boston Bruins
    Buffalo Sabres
    Calgary Flames
    Carolina Hurricanes
    Chicago Blackhawks
    Colorado Avalanche
    Columbus Blue Jackets
    Dallas Stars
    Detroit Red Wings
    Edmonton Oilers
    Florida Panthers
    Los Angeles Kings
    Minnesota Wild
    Montreal Canadiens
    Nashville Predators
    New Jersey Devils
    New York Islanders
    New York Rangers
    Philadelphia Flyers
    Phoenix Coyotes
    Pittsburgh Penguins
    Ottawa Senators
    San Jose Sharks
    St Louis Blues
    Tampa Bay Lightning
    Toronto Maple Leafs
    Vancouver Canucks
    Washington Capitals
    Winnipeg Jets

    • Mike Halford - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      /makes notes

    • hrudey - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      I think you left out Quebec.

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