Zach Parise could get 10 years, $80 million from Penguins



Zach Parise could be riding shotgun with Sidney Crosby for the next decade.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are expected to offer Parise, the best forward available in free agency by a landslide, a 10-year contract between $75 million and $80 million, according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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The offer, according to the Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi, would not be heavily front-loaded and short on bonuses. Long-term, front-loaded deals—like the 12-year, $104.4 million one Crosby agreed upon earlier this week—may be outlawed in the next collective bargaining agreement.

Parise, 27, has scored at least 30 goals in five of his last six seasons with the New Jersey Devils, the exception being 2010-11, when a knee injury limited him to 13 games. The Penguins have emerged as one of his top potential suitors in the last few weeks—they have the necessary cap space, and Crosby and Parise have been friends for years.

Like all long-term deals, Parise’s contract would be a risk and likely would cause problems for the Penguins down the road. It would also cement Pittsburgh at the top of the Eastern Conference for Parise, Crosby and Evgeni Malkin’s respective primes.

Meanwhile, Parise will spend July 1 at his agents’ office in Ontario fielding calls, offers and visitors, according to multiple reports. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello was scheduled to meet Parise on Saturday for the last time before the market opens at 1 p.m. Sunday, according to’s Bob McKenzie.

2 Responses to Zach Parise could get 10 years, $80 million from Penguins

  1. 93killer93 says:

    The Pens have just over 12.25mil in cap space. All they need to sign is Tangradi as well as one or two depth forwards and one depth defenceman. If they could manage to move Martin, they could realistically take a huge run at Parise and Suter. Sutter and Letang are really the only guys I see needing significant raises when there contracts are up, depending on how Sutter does. Malkin won’t get a raise now that Crosby is locked up at 8.7mil so Malkin will just get extended. I think a top 4 defenceman should be priority for the Pens.

    3rd, Ekholm

    Tangradi 1 year 850k
    Parise 10 years 75mil
    Suter 8 years 52mil
    Armstrong 1 year 1mil
    Barker 1 year 1mil
    Eminger 2 years 3mil



    Very unlikely, but it is financially possible. I doubt they move Martin so they likely just go after Parise. Thats a solid core to move forward with for the next 10 years.

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