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Come to Pittsburgh, Crosby tells Parise

Jul 1, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

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Sidney Crosby has “reached out” to Zach Parise in an attempt to get the prized unrestricted free agent to join the Penguins, reports ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

It’s believed Pittsburgh will make Parise an offer with an annual cap hit of $7-8 million. The deal will likely be front-loaded with significant term.

For Parise, the opportunity to skate on the wing with centers like Crosby and Evgeni Malkin could be too good to pass up. Whether he’s willing to take a backseat to those two is another question, having been the captain in New Jersey.

  1. nvandy42 - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    D Wade and Bosh are trying to get Lebron to Pittsburg?? huh??? oooo wait…..wrong sport. But close enough…..

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      In what universe is Parise Lebron?
      Parise is Bosh

      • nvandy42 - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:41 PM

        No argument from me. But my bias as a Wild fan combined with my hope that we sign Parise may have lead me to be a bit bold with that comment out of Pittsburg spite. hhaha

  2. johngaltx - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Huh? “h”, It’s Pittsburgh…..

  3. Stiller43 - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Parise is NOT the lebron to sid and malkin being wade and bosh.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    I’d be willing to trade the captaincy for a legit shot at the Cup for years to come. I wouldn’t be surprised if Parise thinks the same thing.

  5. dumptrucked - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Zach isnt the type to go to someone elses team, he wont sell out. He is a leader and performs best in that role, he want the challenge ande credit or criticism for what happens to the team he chooses while he is at the helm. The Wild it will be.

    • nvandy42 - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      I hope you’re right!! Although keep in mind that the Wild is Mikko Koivu’s team. ya know….the other captain wearing #9??

  6. xaf605 - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Basketball players cant compare to hockey players that makes me want to puke

  7. GenoPringles - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Can’t wait for Shero to ink this gamechanger already. Looks like Detroit has given up. Come to the city of champions and poundpoonParise!!!

    • creator69 - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      Ok Detroit Didn’t give up, Parise’s agent, Don Meehan, called them and said he has canceled all meetings because more than 20 clubs have asked to see him and he can’t possibly accommodate everybody.

  8. snipedanglecelly13 - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Lol Detroit hasn’t givin up, parise wants to play with datsyuk and he’s said it himself. Detroit is gonna b in the running.

    • nvandy42 - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      No teammate would be worht being stuck living in Detroit the next 10 years.

  9. shawn009 - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Parise and Suter both have been offered contracts by Detroit, that’s hardly “giving up”

  10. rockthered1286 - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    “ZP, come sit in my shadow and Genos shadow for the next 10 years in a hell hole of a city. Yes well have a great shot at winning the cup. D and goaltending? Nah we don’t need that… I mean our line will make up about 40% of the entire cap but come on bro… I’ll let you share my soap on a rope…”

    • rsl22 - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      Those three players alone would account for 37% of Pens cap space based on $70.2MM cap, which is not even guaranteed to be that high. When you add in the $7MM for Fleury and Vokoun, they are up to 47% of their cap space with only 4 of those able to play on any given night (when they’re all healthy, which is no sure thing).

      Could they manage a team with 50% left to cover the other 17 players needed to build a Stanley Cup contending team? I believe a team could, but not this team.

      Orpik and Martin are overpaid, with no-trade clauses. If those are your two shut-down defenders, you’re screwed. Sorry Pens, but if you look at Stanley Cup teams, Doughty anchored a solid LA blueline, Chara anchored an awesome Bruins blueline, Lidstrom anchored an awesome Wings blueline, Seabrook and Keith anchored and awesome Hawks blueline….

      But sadly, Orpik, Martin and Letang are simply not up there with those squads. Look no further than the 30 goals against in 6 playoff games in comparison to the 30 goals against LA gave up in 20 games this year, or Boston with 53 goals against in 25 games the year before.

  11. Stiller43 - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:42 PM


    Pittsburgh was rated the most livable city in the country like a year ago?

    And neal did alright with “being the shadow” last year to the tune of a career high 40 goals.

    Sid with parise and malkin with neal, sutter with kennedy and cooke a solid third line. I’d be more worried about ovi’s 3 or 4 career playoff series wins and him playing 13 mins in the playoffs than about the pens plans if i were you.

    • tsi431 - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      You can’t use logic and facts in the comment section. Its against the rules.

    • rsl22 - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      Parise had a good run with the Devils this year, but prior to this season, you wouldn’t be able to say he had great playoff record. In fact, even with Parise’s Cup run, he is still well off of Ovechkin’s playoff goals/assists/points totals and points per game.

      Parise: 61 playoff games, 21 goals, 22 assists.
      Ovechkin: 51 playoff games, 30 goals, 29 assists.

      The fact is, it’s a team game. The Caps are moving in right direction with solid D corp (except for Schultz, who is the single worst player in the league), good, young cheap goalies, and saying goodbye to Semin. Add Forsberg, Wilson, Kuznetsov, Galiev in the wings…

      I have higher expectations for the Caps to win a Cup in the next three years than Pens with Parise. Pens with Suter would be a different story, but the talk here is about Parise.

  12. kingfooj - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Crazy thought here, probably wont happen but it doesnt hurt to speculate:

    ASSUMING IF parise ends up in the burg, WHAT IF he ends up competing for the captaincy, say in a couple years…..especially if sid were to have a set back. I know that many have criticized sids leadership qualities(i personally have no opinion on the matter) and the experience that ZP has from his years with the devs have to be sitting somewhere in the minds of management as a potential exit strategy if need be, which can only boost his stock in their minds. Anyone who watched the devils throughout the playoffs saw him always talking to and encouraging his teammates(ie: 4th line bernier, gionta, carter). Especially with the exit of Staal, the penguins are in a position without a young clear cut next at bat. (besides malkin, but the language barrier is a major issue)

    Again, just something to think about which could be adding to his value in the the minds of the pens front office.

  13. ironcity6pak - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Pens just signed jagr! Lemieux is coming back along with barrasso and Samuelson. Malkin Crosby Neal and parise to alternate 1st and 2snd lines!! More to come…

  14. cuzz4169 - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Paul Martin will be traded soon…so his cap # will be gone. Parise and suter to Pens.

  15. caps247 - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:08 PM


    You have a good point there. However, the Washington Post has been speculating about the possibility of Parise coming to the District. That certainly brings up a few “what if” questions. The fact that Oatesey maintained a healthy relationship with ZP in NJ brings a sense of familiarity and possibly could contribute. I’m not jumping to conclusions yet, but “what if” ZP signs with the Caps. ZP is a left handed shooter who stars in the left wing, but so does Ovechkin. OV went right wing before, but is it worth it to move him (because he has a history of slightly decreased stats from the right wing back from the Boudreau era).

    • kingfooj - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      gotta keep ovi on the left for his one timer, thats the bottom line

  16. rockthered1286 - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    #1- please link me to an article where Pitt is the most “liveable” city in the US (clearly you’ve never been to Maryland outside ofBaltimore or northern VA one of the wealthiest areas in the country).
    #2-Neal was never as highly touted at ZP, and I wasn’t referencing points I was talking A over a C and hearing Crosby everywhere you go. Also neal had inflated number w/o Crosby in the lineup (someone had to score)
    #3- really? You’re going with the approach of Ovi’s decreased mins under a temporary defensive minded coach who was replaced by Oates who is much more O minded? Try again. Ribeiro helps by the way.

    • killerpgh - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:27 PM
      There is the link you asked for.

  17. caps247 - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    The only less appealing thing about living in NOVA is being stuck in 100 degree weather for an entire week without electricity.

  18. rockthered1286 - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    @caps247 amen to that.

    Still I’d take Maryland/dc/nova any day of the week over Pitt. Or their fan base (football and hockey of course).

  19. rockthered1286 - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Here’s how I take that article. Pitt is their #1 up-and-coming quasi-metro areas. Well established areas such as Baltimore, dc, la, NYC etc. are going to have higher crime rates, unemployment etc yes, but if you looked at avg income,the actual # of people employed in each area, and the fact that I’d say 75% of the people who work in the actual MAJOR cities live nowhere near them (I live 30 minutes north of Baltimore where the crime/emp/cost of living is like day and night). Personally I’m much happier with living outside of the city hustle and bustle but still working for a national corp in a great area and getting paid as such in a major market city. But by all means take pride in a list where Omaha and a few other B List metros are your top 10 us cities.

  20. rockthered1286 - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Try this one:

  21. minskyboy - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    It’s a sad commentary on American life that happiness is defined as living in the wealthiest areas. “Rockthered” refers to Forbes’ ‘americas-richest-counties’ (I do like Forbes’ ratings of the best universities). Maybe those “B List” cities haven’t “evolved” enough to support national corporations as “major market cities”, with all their high crime and suburban flight, but they have more sense of community, lower crime, a more intergrated inner city life, more civic pride (not just the pride of the elite for their high lifestyles, such as in arts & entertainment). Sure, Pgh is more low-key, but happiness is not simply defined by ability to escape the inner city crime and make more money. For the ultimate in overall North American city quality of life regardless of whether one is wealthy or not (although a wealthy individual’s access to all the best that ANY big city offers is advantageous, obviously) is Vancouver, BC.–it’s beautiful, and the people there seem more happy than anywhere I’ve been. I immigrated to Canada, through marriage, and we visit Vancouver every summer. I’m originally from Pittsburgh and am equally a Canucks and Penguins fan. Very disappointing that both were eliminated in the 1st round of playoffs, after the media built them both up to surely be in the finals. We live in the Bay Area, SF, so I understand why rockthered1286 states that living near a higher wage earning area is better. I don’t really like the life out here, bunch of politically correct fakes, but my wife & I both make a higher wage in our professions here. We want to move back to Vancouver later after our daughter gets through university, but–problem in paradise–super-rich Chinese immigrants pay cash for houses in the lower BC area (and also thanks to a spiraling property speculation bubble that never burst), so we can’t afford to buy a house there anymore. Sorry for such a long post, it’s my first time, and I should stick to nasty one-liners, slamming other’s for their hockey loyalties.

  22. minskyboy - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    By the way, I also know the wealthy areas around D.C. and Baltimore that rockthered1286 mentions, I used to live in Bethesda, MD, shopped at White Flint Mall, etc…. so what, big deal. I’m not impressed. There’s seems to be even less of a sense of community there than equivelently wealthy areas in the Bay Area, S.F., possibly due to their smaller size (here in the Bay Area), the history of the pattern of settlement, or due to other reasons. They are smaller, such as Alamo, Moraga, Orinda, Lafayette, Walnut Creek (a little bigger); and I would bet they have better public schools, not just private schools, even though California on a whole has horrendous public schools.
    It’s fun to read how all of you go back & forth about which team will get Suter and Parise, and hilarous how the same people just slam others, like talking about how someone must live in their mom’s basement or has about a dozen cats….hah.

    • rockthered1286 - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:27 AM

      Instead of replying individually, I’ll address both with one hit…
      Bethesda is, from my experience, hustle and bustle metro area. By no means is it the surrounding areas that I am referring to. As I had mentioned, I live 30 mins north of Baltimore (about 10 mins from the PA line) and the area up here is a completely different world than the major city. Beautiful scenery, state parks, and despite your theory, a massive sense of community. Again, I chose NOT to live in a major city and instead move out to an area where I feel better about raising my family in an area with great schools, low crime rates and a solid community. The perks of being this close to a major city like Baltimore is that I have the opportunity to work for major industries who flock to big market cities, and therefore have the benefit and luxury of boasting a slightly elevated salary. Being afforded that luxury allows me to live a better lifestyle in a better area, which is where my wealthiest cities article came from. It’s not about where you work, it’s where you live and quite frankly I’d rather live in my rural area that may be a bit costly, but still be close enough where I can work in a major market and afford to relax in a beautiful backyard on the weekends. Nobody shuns people because you don’t work in your own zipcode.

      Do me a favor, next time you’re in the Maryland area, travel out to Carroll County, Harford County, the Eastern Shore, even Southern Maryland area… and I truly don’t mean it in a snide way. Seriously go experience the culture, the off-the-beaten-path world that Maryland and Northern Virginia offer (and I could get into Anteitam, Harper’s Ferry and other historical Civil War areas that will blow you away, but I’ll save it for another day). You’ll be blown away. And yes, inversely I should take my head out of my ass about other areas, but I will never accept Pitt as a beautiful wonderful place to live that’s allegedly the best in the country. Not when I live where I do and have the life I have…

      On a more petty note, you do know that thomas Jefferson High School in Fairfax County, VA is the second ranked school in the nation right? And George Mason High School is #19. Rankings by US News.Further north Baltimore Coutny has a top 20 vo-tech school in Eastern Tech as well. Schools (outside of Balto City, DC, and PG County) are not too shabby in this area my man…

  23. ozzyplet7 - Jul 2, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    I agree with dumptrucked MN is the place for Parise

  24. minskyboy - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:55 AM

    You missed the point of my comment, rockthered1286, which is, although Pgh lacks the wealth, sophistication, and top schools of the famous “suburban flight-daily commute into the major market city areas”; it retains a more cohesive, spirited, and vibrant inside-city limits atmosphere that is hard to describe here. It’s obviously not a setting that appeals to you. Your description of parts of Maryland (which, by the way, is about my favorite state. I traveled all around it, on vacation and in the course of winning the Va-Md mtn bike championship in veteran expert class, one year in the past), simply describes affluent surroundings (to a big metropolitan area) life, which is basically what I have here in the Bay Area. There are some differences between here and your area, which I talked about before. A real difference and step up in quality is in Vancouver, BC and surrounding area; but, alas, we can’t afford to live in that area anymore, if we want to buy a house (but maybe we’ll try later anyway, because it’s worth it just to live there). For sure your area contains some of the richest counties in the U.S. (I read your Forbes list), which, interestingly, are made possible by government contracts and being in close proximity to D.C. While reading that list of wealthiest counties, I wonder how the Republicans feel about all that feeding off the government tit, even though some of those jobs are in private companies that simply have nice government contracts. Wonder how they’d feel about reducing the size of government, cutting out those lucrative contracts and professional government jobs. No wonder the Republican congress wants to increase defense spending rather than reduce it to help with the national debt. Sorry, I’m getting off on a political tangent… Those thoughts just hit me when I looked at that list. Again & again, Forbes cites government as the source of wealth of almost all of the richest counties (including one in New Mexico), except for a few commuter/bedroom communities outside of NYC.

  25. minskyboy - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    Even though Pittsburgh is somewhat of a typical U.S. city with all of the associated problems with urban decay, crime, bad schools, etc; and even though it’s part of our declining overall system, it does have some things in common with Vancouver, BC. I’ve traveled alot and lived in many places in N. America, and found that Pittsburgh has more of a sense of togetherness, of unity, and spirit than many other cities. Vancouver does too, but the general quality of life is much better there, and it has a much more outward-looking, worldly view than the more conservative Pittsburgh. Yes, Van is in a socialist, liberal setting, which makes even S.F. appear conservative. The two coasts of Canada–East and West, voted overwhelmingly against the Conservative Party of PM Harper, and his party is definitely to the left of our Democratic Party.
    But just in case you reply by saying that I missed the point of your comment–that it’s not simply a wealthy commuter area that appeals to you, but that it’s the “off the beaten path”, tranquil, relaxing, rural environment (which is especially beautiful in MD) experience that you rave about… That can be found in many areas of the U.S. too, and is not so special. It’s not a unique experience to escape all the problems of a big, decaying, crime-ridden big U.S. city and proclaim “It’s not about where you work, it’s where you live”. I’m not that stupid that I cannot conceive of that or it’s appeal. I just care to look deeper at the situation. Yes, I like to escape to my nice community after work, to take in the surroundings, relax, raise my family in a nice area with good schools (and I’d say mom & dad are the key components to a successful raising & education of our daughter, although a good school and other quality resources help, especially in California, with all of it’s negatives). Remember, you are the one to post “the wealthiest counties in the U.S. article” and I read the underlying background/reason for wealth in those areas and decided that wasn’t the meaning I was going for when giving credit to Pittsburgh; and, I think, neither was that original commenter when he cited Pittsburgh as #1 in whatever that recent year was. One concession to you: I do love the area you live in. It would be one of my top choices of places to live.

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