The Devils, who need to meet payroll twice a month until the end of regular season, are considering trading team captain Zach Parise for draft picks.
Parise is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and the team’s reported financial woes could put the Devils in a tough situation as to whether they can or are even able to re-sign him.
The 27-year-old is earning a $6 million cap hit this season and his value is only expected to go up as he has posted 15 goals and 24 assists for 39 points in 47 games this season.
The Devils, who are reportedly on track to lose up to $20 million this season, currently sit in seventh place of the Eastern Conference with 54 points.
Now I wouldn’t call this a Bob McKenzie quality report, but I would say that this better than that joke Eklund. I’d certainly be ok with the Wings trading draft picks to get Parise, even a significant amount of picks. Why?
Well he might be a rental, I think once Parise sees what it’s like to be a Wing, he won’t have any interest in signing somewhere else. Sure we lost Hossa, but that was because we were simply out of money. Generally, once a Wing, always a Wing.
And Parise has that quality to him. That I want to win attribute. I see him being a future Yzerman in many ways for this team, if signed.
Yet the better the Devils do, the less likely it becomes that they will trade Parise. So from now on, root against Martin Brodeur and company. The worse they are, the more likely we’ll be seeing Zach in a Winged Wheel.