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Report: Boston went after Zach Parise

Jul 5, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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Here’s an interesting story regarding the now-completed Zach Parise sweepstakes — according to the Boston Globe, the Bruins were actively courting the 27-year-old winger:

From The Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa:

Before accepting Minnesota’s contract, Parise received a significant offer from the Bruins, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. It is unknown how closely Boston’s bid approached Minnesota’s.

At first glance, the paragraph almost doesn’t make sense. The Bruins are pressed right against the salary cap ceiling (Capgeek has them at $69.9 million) with close to $40 million locked into forwards.

But then again…

The Bruins could clear $5 million in space if they were to trade Tim Thomas and another $4 million by putting Marc Savard on long-term injured reserve.

That’s where things would get interesting, because in 2013-14 Boston starts to see some contracts come off the books. Nathan Horton‘s a UFA while Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask and Tyler Seguin are all RFAs — ergo, adding a significant long-term, big-money contract would (theoretically) become more feasible.

Anyway, it’s all speculation and hypotheticals now because Parise’s inked with Minnesota. But that said…if the Bruins were indeed angling for Parise, perhaps they’re in on other big fish *cough* Rick Nash *cough* as well.

(Yeah, I know the Bruins aren’t on Rick Nash’s rumored “approved list.” Don’t let that get in the way of some good hotstove banter.)

  1. redwingsfan999 - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    I could see Nash with the bruins

    • odj810 - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      i hope not, he’d probably ask for lucic seguin and hamilton. Howson is delusional

  2. mgp1219 - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    I guess this means the Bruins have no chance to win the Cup, eh? Isn’t Minnesota a lock to win it now?

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      Realistically speaking, yes, and for the next 13 years as well.

      • capesouth - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:31 PM

        Realistically speaking, you think they are a lock for the next 13 years? I think you mean, they are contenders…definitely not a “lock”.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:39 PM

        Oh no, they’re a lock to win the Cup every year for at least 13 years, if not forever. Probably just rename the Cup the Wild Trophy, and move every other team into varying degrees of irrelevance. I think most people would agree as well.

      • capesouth - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:46 PM

        realistically then, you are unrealistic…boom.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:47 PM

        Fair nuff.

      • obamablowz - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:52 PM

        It’s so cute to see two “pretty good players” go to the Wild and everyone thinks they’re going to even make the playoffs

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:55 PM

        I know, isn’t it great? I’m so glad you agree with us. Gotta make the playoffs first before you win the Cup, I always say!

      • obamablowz - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM

        I’ve never seen a Minnesota fan, never seen a blog about them…but now they’re like Dallas Cowboy fans when they make the playoffs. Oh well…Good luck Minnesota….keeping the Vikings I mean.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:02 PM

        …erm, we did keep the Vikings.

      • obamablowz - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:05 PM

        Oops meant the support of “hundreds” show up to support a new stadium

      • lordfletcher - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:04 PM


        that’s because you live in a hole. There have been PLENTY of Minnesota fans here ‘bloggin’ on several articles other than MN news. You just notice now because all you have done is troll Wild posts. I truly love how little of a life you have had the past 24 hours. My life looks like Parise’s comapared to yours.

        I picture you are the guy from the South Park episode (fat dude that plays Warcraft) vs. the boys online.

        LOL. Thanks for hating, each posts you make brings a huge smile to my face. I would love to buy you a beer sometime :) Cheers

  3. dkphilly1122 - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    They’re a lock on paying just above average players elite players salary……but my guess is they barely make the playoffs, IF they even go that far.

    • purpleguy - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      If your team had signed them (and they offered more money by the way), you’d have been jumping for joy and singing their praises. Now you trash the players and the team. Usually sour grapes and whine don’t mix.

      • odj810 - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:43 PM

        yea lets not get crazy. Parise and suter are pretty damn good. a forward who can do everything and an all round elite defenseman? who are you comparing them to gretzky and super mario?

  4. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    I’m sure just about every team made some sort of bid for Parise and/or Suter, just to see if they had a horse in the race. How could you not, especially when the rest of the market is so thin? I mean, after Carle, who else has been signed? Joslin, Byers, Dupuis, Sullivan, Montoya, yadda yadda yadda. Nash, Doan, Semin, and Luongo are the only names of interest left, and only 2 of those are UFAs. I’m actually more interested in knowing which teams didn’t make a bid for Parise and Suter. That would be more interesting to speculate about.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      The amount of times I just typed “interest/ing/ed” is a bit ridiculous, I’ve realized.

  5. pepper2011 - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Both good players no doubt, but still not a playoff team. Defense is weak and so are the forwards. Bouchard can’t stay healthy; who knows about Granlund. Heatlty is a 20-25 goal scorer now @ 7.5m, Setoguchi is a 20 goal scorer and past Suter there is nothing on D. Gilbert is ok, but is not a top 3. Backstrom is getting older and hasn’t really been that good in 2-3 years, and Harding; who knows… Brodziak’s numbers will go down a bit as he won’t get as much PP time – 25% of his points came on the PP. In my opinion both players had a far better shot with their previous teams.

  6. jpelle82 - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    you have to make an offer. you cant justify not going for it. whether you know its gonna get shot down, you HAVE to try or you’re not doing your job. crazier things have happened

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