New Jersey star Zach Parise would be a devil of a Blackhawk

Devils winger Zach Parise wouldn’t be able to count his scoring chances during the Stanley Cup finals on his two hands if he wanted to.

Of all the Devils, Parise has felt the sting of running into the wall that is Kings goalie Jonathan Quick the most.

Parise has no points in the finals. He and fellow star Ilya Kovalchuk’s minimal production have stood out in a series that would be much different for the Devils, who are in an unenviable 3-1 hole after winning Game 4, if their two best threats had converted. All they have is an empty-net goal between them.

“We do need to score; that’s our job and that’s our responsibility,” Parise said, repeating a common refrain.

But the lack of production doesn’t negate the type of player Parise is, nor will it affect New Jersey’s desire to re-sign him or
numerous teams to pursue him.

Parise is one of two prized unrestricted free agents this summer, the other being Predators defenseman Ryan Suter.

25 Responses to New Jersey star Zach Parise would be a devil of a Blackhawk

  1. reinjosh says:

    Draft post.

    There are interesting rumors that suggest the Leafs and Habs will swap picks. This suggests the Habs and Leafs don’t want the same player and the Habs think their guy will be available later. And no the cost wouldn’t be Gardiner or Kadri plus the 5th overall. It’s a two spot swap.

    Teuvo Teravainen is incredibly intriguing. His coach confirmed that he will be playing center next season, moving from wing to center. He’s one of the most talented players in the draft and is very reminiscent of Mikael Granlund. I’d consider taking him if the 4 big forwards are gone by this point. A Montreal scout (or someone claiming to be him) seems to think he is a lock for the top 5.

    • I thought I was replying to you the first time. 🙁

      I see no reason to swap unless the Habs are getting something out of this. You need to take a roster player, a prospect, or at the very least a later round pick back.

      • reinjosh says:

        Oh clearly. I wouldn’t expect them to swap out of the goodness of their hearts. It would likely be with our 2nd or even more going to them as well. But it’s not like we’re trading up for the 1st overall, so the talk of it taking Gardiner added to the 5th overall is ludicrous.

    • LN91 says:

      It might be our second rounder though. Something will go back, and its nothing weak.

  2. I see no reason to swap unless the Habs are getting something out of this. You need to take a roster player, a prospect, or at the very least a later round pick back.

  3. Shoelesshobo says:

    I would do our second if it meant ensuring we get Gally. That being said I would not care if say Grigorenko fell to us as well but for some reason I doubt Burke has any interest in him and he falls to Anaheim who gets a very nice gift similar to Fowler.

  4. toronto77 says:

    Can’t see how Toronto and Montreal don’t want the same player. So does Montreal clearly want Grigorenko and not Galchenyuk? I don’t see the problem here. If Montreal wants Grigorenko than just take him at 3rd and Toronto takes Galchenyuk at 5th…..OR… does Toronto fear that NYI will take Galchenyuk/Grigorenko at 4th if Murray is gone. I am 100% sold that NYI will take a defenemen, and Murray is there man, but if EDM/CLB take Murray maybe they feel it’s best to take Grig/Gal if still available at 4th rather than to settle for Dumba/Trouba/Reilly/Reinhart. AS MOST PEOPPLE SAY, IT’S BEST TO DRAFT THE BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE, NOT THE BEST PLAYER YOU NEED AVAILABLE.

    SO maybe if Murray is gone by the 4th pick, then NYI will take Grig/Gal and if Toronto does not want to settle for Forsberg/Teravainen, then maybe they are pressured to move up.

    Finally after a long explanation…that is the only reason I would see Toronto wanting to move up in the draft. However, I don’t see what’s wrong with Forsberg considering he can play in the NHL next season.

    I wouldn’t want to give up our 35th overall pick to move up either, because after that we don’t pick until the 5th round, and twice in the 6th and once in 7th. We do have an amazing 5th overall pick this year, but not a lot of depth.

  5. Gambo says:

    The leafs already have Kadri, they don’t need another extremely talented, small winger/center. In the unlikely scenario that Yakupov, Grigorenko, Galchenyuk and Forsberg are drafted 1-4 it would be stupid not to take Murray. Not only is he the smarter pick, he would have quite the higher trade value which could be used to acquire an NHL ready number 1 center.

  6. Gambo says:

    This was a reply to Reinjosh, I thought it was atleast..

  7. TimTheBone says:

    You know whats not to say that CLB doesn’t draft galchenyuk at #2….. He’s an “American” so that Russian factor really doesn’t apply I think… He’s a talented center that could be nice lined up to nash, given that he remains a jacket …..

    Let’s assume it works like this….

    #1 yakupov
    #2 galchenyuk
    #3 grigorenko
    #4 Murray

    Now do your leafs select forsberg.. BPA….or perhaps a wildcard center in terra whatever …. ( can’t remember the spelling for the life of me and too lazy to look it up)

    Or do they select a trouba or reinhart….

    Orrrrrrrr trade down in order to load up on second rounders perhaps….

    Like trade with winnepeg and get a second and a fifth extra… Something like that

  8. mojo19 says:

    If Montreal and Toronto aren’t going after the same player, it would be interesting to try to find some speculation on who the Islanders might draft? Because maybe their won’t be any conflict. Maybe Toronto figures to get Galchenyuk or Grigorenko at 5.

    Would this be crazy?

    1. Edm – Yakupov
    2. Clb – Murray
    3. Mtl – Teirovenen
    4. NYI – ….Doesn’t matter. And what if they don’t take either centre? What if the NYI take a d-man or Forsberg? The Leafs could get their guy and Anaheim would get really lucky to grab one.

  9. mojo19 says:

    testing. I wanna see where this reply ends up.

  10. mojo19 says:

    Damn, that was in reply to Gambo, this is in reply to myself.

  11. toronto77 says:

    No way Teirovenen goes that high, I know most scouts think he’ll go in the top 5 but I think he’ll go 6th to Anaheim. His work ethic is incredible, and Grigorenko is known to not have one, I can see just MAYBE Teirovenen going ahead of Grigorenko, but not Galchenyuk. Galchenyuk we’ll go 2nd if CLB wants a no.1 centremen or if CLB wants Murray then he’ll go 3rd to whether it’s toronto or montreal. Galchenyuk is guaranteed to get scooped up in the top 3.

  12. JoelLeafs says:

    I suspect there may be some problems with the reply buttons. Firstly, there are now two of them.. odd. Is it possible that Trade Man simply changed the style so that replies are no longer within the original comment and now simply placed at the top of the thread? Guess I’ll see when I post this comment.


  13. mojo19 says:

    To Toronto77 – I don’t know that Galchenyuk is necessarily a top 2 or 3. Scouts didn’t feel that way mid season, or even late in the season. Now after the season he’s the obvious #2. Credit Igor Larionov for pumping up his client. But its all perception created by rhetoric.

    Galchenyuk sat out the entire season until the playoffs with a knee injury and somehow his stock went way up. Amazing how netting ZERO points in a whopping two games played this year has done that for the kid. The draft is a crap shoot, I think its kind of funny how there’s this foregone conclusion that Galchenyuk is perceived as a can’t miss. Some people need to relax on this guy. There’s a decent chance that Grigorenko will be better, along with Forsberg, Teroveinen, and who knows who else. On the other hand he supposedly looked pretty good in the playoffs and has undeniable talent, so he has the tools to be a star. Still, I think we need to consider all possibilities.

  14. TimTheBone says:

    I’m pretty sure all the hype is off of his combine performance… Apparently his knee has healed fantastically and is a non issue now according to many trainers… Also he was one of the more physically impressive in his combine events he participated in…

    Scouts were just impressed with his overall fitness .. and his size

  15. mojo19 says:

    To Timmy –

    Fitness is a huge aspect no question, and there is a lot of merit to what you’re saying, but you learn way more in the actual games. Which is why I still think Grigorenko could be the best C in this draft, and who knows, Forsberg might flip to C and become the best C in the draft. I bet some scouts feel strongly one way, and other scouts feel strongly another way.

    We really don’t know. In all probability, Gally probably will go 2nd or 3rd, but there is the possibility of him slipping to 4 or 5. Just throwing that out there. No one though Cam Fowler would slip past the top 5 his year and I think he dropped to like 11 or 12 to the Ducks. So you never know.

  16. LeafsFTW13 says:

    I’m surprised LA hasn’t been mentioned, a bit tight against the cap…But no doubt Parise would look great with Kopitar and Brown.

  17. Gambo says:

    Alright just so everyone knows, I am the previous LeafsFTW17…. LeafsFTW13 must be a new guy

  18. TimTheBone says:

    What’s the FTW stand for

  19. Gambo says:

    To Tim: lol ‘for the win’… I know, I had so much regret when I made my account for the first time. That’s why I was so happy to be able to change it.

  20. ZillyHoo says:

    With all the resigning they have to do, it wouldn’t be a good idea.

  21. reinjosh says:

    to mojo

    He didn’t just miraculously appear that high. He was labelled as a potential top 3 pick because of what he did as a 16 year old, putting up 85 points. At points last year, there was speculation he could actually challenge Yakupov for the top pick. Then he got injured.

    You can’t really judge his xero points in 2 games this season as anything. He missed an entire season. It’s hard to do much with that.

    He’s been a can’t miss prospect since last season. This injury just put a little mystery into how good he can be.

    I’m totally cool with Grigorenko (and by cool I mean the guy is a beast) but Galchenyuk did more at a younger age than Grigs did this season. That should tell you something about how good he is (now granted Grigs didn’t have Yakupov but I digress).


  22. LN91 says:

    Okay, i was the one posting under LeafsFTW13 (knew I heard the nickname before) since I needed a new account, THANKS JOEL for posting fake comments under my name. Appreciate it.


    Wow, I feel like NJ can come back and win because the Kings franchise seems to be cursed.

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