Now that the the Stanley Cup has been rewarded to the Los Angeles Kings, the question now becomes: How will teams rebuild in the offseason? Free agency begins on the first of July, and a veritable feeding frenzy of player signings, almost on par with the trade deadline in terms of personnel movement.
This year isn’t regarded as a top free agent class, which is good for all players involved, because their asking price can be higher. The two most notable unrestricted free agents, per my view, are Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the Devils’ captain and the Predators assistant captain, respectively (I believe Alexander Semin is possibly on his way to Russia). I’m going to focus on Parise for the next couple of paragraphs.
Parise is the type of player that almost any team could use. He is young forward, who has consistently scored 30 goals a season when healthy, and contributed anywhere from 30-50 assists, depending on the season. He has also, obviously, moved into a leadership role as captain of the Devils.
Two teams are notably flush with cash this offseason, and will be in on a lot of players. Those teams are the Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild. The Red Wings are the topic of much rumor mongering in the internet, and are expected to go after the high scoring left winger as salary opens up with Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement. The Wild, too, are in dire need of some life on offense, and showed signs of development last season. Another factor might be that Parise grew up in the Twin Cities.
One place that he has made it very clear that he will not be going is across the Hudson to Manhattan to This entry was posted in Ryan Henning, Updates and tagged Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, Ryan Suter, Zach Parise. Bookmark the permalink.