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Report: Blackhawks show interest in signing Zach Parise

Jul 2, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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When you think of teams in the bidding for Zach Parise‘s services, the offense-rich Chicago Blackhawks aren’t exactly the first one to come to mind. ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers cites a source who claims that the Blackhawks are “in play” for Parise, however. (Chris Kuc backs up Rogers’ report, by the way.)

Here’s the most important paragraph from Rogers’ report:

The Chicago Blackhawks are one of the two teams in play to sign free agent forward Zach Parise, according to a source, who said the forward may re-sign with the Devils.

The phrase that jumped out almost as much as Chicago’s interest was “one of the two teams in play.” So is it down to the ‘Hawks and Devils?

It’s worth noting Parise and Patrick Kane were key factors in the memorable last-minute goal that sent the 2010 Olympic gold medal game into overtime. Could they be reunited to score many more?

Or, on the other hand, could landing Parise spell the end of Kane’s time in the Windy City? At times, the latter’s been a bit of a headache for the club, if you haven’t heard.

  1. napoleonblownapart6887 - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Parise to Chicago out of no where reminds me of Asmougha to the Eagles out of no where hahaha.

    Is anyone able to sit still? I can’t.

  2. rflashj - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Parise might be what it takes to get Kane to mature and move up to the next level.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      Parise might be why Kane isn’t wearing a Blackhawk uniform in a year or two.

  3. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    yea and who was it that torched it in overtime?? soup can sid. come to the winning team and be the next recipient of the rocket rashard trophy

    • rgledz - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      Please tell me you’re joking……it’s “Rocket” Richard. He’s one of the best ever so try and get it right next time.

      • handsofsweed - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:25 PM

        No. He’s talking about the Rocket Rashard Mendenhall Trophy. You have to fumble in the Super Bowl, right when you are about to take the lead late in the 3rd qtr in oder to win that one.

    • stakex - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      Winning teams don’t get blown out in the first round.

    • sizzle299 - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      look on the bright side virginvag- at least you run no chance of ever getting an STD

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      Ahmad Rashard?

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:04 PM

        I want the inside stuff! See how many people get that reference…

  4. rockthered1286 - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    So we went from Kings, Pens, Devils, Wild, Wings and Flyers down to Blackhawks and 1 other team in a matter of hours based on a ESPN Chicago reporters word? Yea… I’m gonna go ahead and say no dice. While I can (barely) fathom Chi-town looking for ZP’s help, there’s no way you can tell me 4 of the original 5 teams have alredy dropped out or have been eliminated by ZP. If he wants a cup shot, Chicago is probably 5th out of 7 of his suitors, so we know that’s not the case. Not his hometown. If it comes down to buddies (which is a moronic reason as it stands) Pitt would edge them out, as well as the Devils where he’s grown up in the league. So…. what is it that makes Chicago such a perfect suitor for ZP?

    Still say Detroit will be his landing spot…

    • lordfletcher - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      Detroit has been ruled out by several sources… I wouldn’t hold your breath… just being honest.

      • lordfletcher - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:03 PM

        This is down to Penguins and Wild. If he was going to stay in NJ, it wouldn’t have got this far into the process if he was going to stay.

        Either join a dream team in Pitts or come home to MN and be a God, when it all and you’re the reason why (if they do), while being stupid rich

    • adambballn - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      “If he wants a cup shot, Chicago is probably 5th out of 7 of his suitors, so we know that’s not the case.”

      And this is based on what, your opinion? Vegas has the Hawks behind only Pittsburgh at the moment… Chicago has become a destination for players. Look at all of the player surveys over the past few years, Chicago is the road game a majority of them look forward to every year due to the energy in the building.

      • rockthered1286 - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:33 AM

        Because we all know Vegas is God and they’re spot on 100% of the time? But let’s take that route: I’m seeing Chicago (12-1) tied for THIRD with Rangers,Red Wings, Blues and Canucks. Behind the Kings(11-1) and Penguins(7-1). SO, in theory, there’s 2 ahead of them according to Vegas.I still put the Red Wings ahead of them, especially considering they’ve been adding in FA while Chicago has picked up 2 back line guys in the trade of Roy, and Vegas has Philly being that close at (14-1), but for Philly, the mere addition of 1 or 2 defenders puts them back up in contention with the high power offense they have. So for me, it goes Pitt, LA, Wings, Flyers THEN Hawks. We also cannot discount the Devils considering they made it there last year. Vegas has them down for now until they figure out a ton of FA’s who may/may not be leaving the team.

        And if you’re going to call me out with “And this is based on what, your opinion?” let’s throw it back at ya for your comment: “Chicago is the road game a majority of them look forward to every year due to the energy in the building.” Is that based on reading all of these player surveys? You had time for that or is that based on an article written by a Chicago area reporter? Maybe they neglected to mention any other arena? And come on now, what player really loves to play where there’s negative energy against you? Personally I’d rather play at home where the fans have my back, not booing when I touch the puck or score.

      • rockthered1286 - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:43 AM

        You can go ahead and scrutinize me for the Roy comment. It’s 7am and I mixed up Buffalo and Blackhawks for a brief but brutally stupid moment… I blame it on lack of coffee this morning.

        Nevertheless I stand by the other 90% of my comment. For now.

  5. rgledz - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    I’m a WIld fan and I hold out hope that he joins the squad, but my nephew plays for the Hawks so I’m happy either way. Let’s find out already!

  6. hockinj25 - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Report: Every team shows interest in Parise.

    Let me know when something actually happens.

  7. jpelle82 - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    chicago needs to back off and worry about a goalie

  8. ineedmorehossa - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    if you can’t stop pucks, then you’d better score a bunch… seems to be the Bowman game plan, but what else can you do when you are stuck with Crow

  9. comeonnowguys - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    As one of the midday staffers on the Chicago AM sports stations said, “No one knows the Blackhawks plans. [paraphrasing] Nobody had any of their signings last year, nobody had Brookbank.”

    This anonymous commenter with absolutely no inside sources and knowledge of anything about anything thinks he’s staying with the Devils.

  10. Bliss Fortress - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Not sure what all the fuss is about regarding Parise. Over the past year and a half the Devils had best record in the Eastern Conference. Over that time, Parise’s plus/minus was -6. In this year’s Playoffs, the Devils made it to finals and Parise was a -8. He puts up points for sure, but what does it say about the totality of what he brings to a team if he is a minus player on a team that has been so successful? That’s hard to do. Good player, but somewhat overrated and over-valued – an not nearly as effective as everyone thinks he is.

    • lordfletcher - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      he is one of the best leaders in Hockey, period. look what he did for the Devils and team USA. both didn’t win but were close, and heavily outmatched. Parise is worth every dollar. He brings just as much off the ice as he does on it.

      Wild fan

    • imacdane - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      I agree, he’s good but he’s overrated because of this weak UFA class. He’s not worth some of the contracts he supposedly being offered.

      • lordfletcher - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:29 PM

        you could say that about almost every UFA, each season. If you can’t draft em, you buy them… nature of the beast

    • imacdane - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      I agree, he’s good but he’s overrated because of this weak UFA class. He’s not worth some of the contracts he’s supposedly being offered.

  11. purpleguy - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Wait, CHI has cap room?

  12. blomfeld - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    “could landing Parise spell the end of Kane’s time in the Windy City?” …

    No, landing Parise is more likely to spell the end of the Blackhawks ! The bottom line is that anyone who takes this “turncoat” will be fully deserving of the upset and disappointment that is sure to follow … even that thief Elias would make more sense. Anyway, why aren’t the Blackhawks making a serious pitch to Mrs.Luongo down there in Florida ? Hubby would only be one time zone away and I’ve heard that the shopping there is terrific ! :)

    • comeonnowguys - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      Surely wordpress has a plugin that enacts a 24-hour ban on any commenter embedding the Canucks Spice Girls.

      Crap. I’m not proud of that.

      • comeonnowguys - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:02 PM

        And apparently strikethrough tag hates me.

  13. corbinlucas42 - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Chicago can’t trade Kane to get Parise. Parise is beginning his prime but Kane is the future. And when did they even have cap space?

    • adambballn - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      Hawks have about $8 million in cap space… besides that you can be up to 10% over the cap now as long as you are at it by the time the season begins. They’ve been actively shopping Montador and Hammer, the Hawks have money to spend.

    • handsofsweed - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      And Kane’s future just might be AA meetings if he doesn’t get his drinking issues behind him. I have no animosity towards him or the Hawks. It’s just sad to see the path he’s on. I hope he sobers up and makes the most out of his career and life.

  14. lsxphotog - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    He would certainly be a good fit with those guys and their roster…interesting move if it’s made.

  15. GenoPringles - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    The NHL should just be pro active for once and change the name of the Rocket Richard trophy, cut the bs and call it the Soupcan Award already. We all know SIDS name is gonna be on it for the next decade anyway

    • bethgoesglobal - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      just realized that SIDS is an anagram for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome- that’s extremely dubious given the young players concussion history

  16. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    its not richard its rashard. i thought u people knew hockey. i guess not

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