Zach Parise to Boston (deadline deal)
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02-01-2011, 02:04 PM
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Minimal trade value for goalies- maybe, but Rask is as valuable a goalie as will ever become available based on his age, performance and salary.
Where is he this year? He's playing very well in support of a guy on pace to have an all time great season for a goaltender in the history of the game. . . Where's Parise this year?
Goaltending varies so much? Rask's save % is .008 different from last year. Thomas has lead the league by a solid margin in two of the last three years. How much has Parise's production varied this year?
Rask + a first will be hard value for other teams to match.
I think the 'minimal trade value for goalies' thing is a fad. Last year, Chiarelli called it (low goalie trade values) cyclical, when he was asked why Thomas wasn't dealt. Philly & Chicago won with crappy goalies so the copycats in the league figured any old goalie will do, and now teams that should be powerhouses are hanging by a thread. This summer, there could be as many as 12 teams looking for starting goalies and only 5 or 6 legitimate starters available. Supply/demand.
And if there's any GM in the NHL who understands the value of a franchise goalie it's Lou Lamoriello.
And, respectfully, I think what a lot of people are ignoring or glossing over is that Parise wouldn't be traded if there wasn't a problem. Like NJ fans have said many times, he won't be traded for cap reasons. He won't be traded because of a bad year or bad coaching or Kovalchuk's presence. If Parise is happy to sign a long-term deal, then he'll just stay in New Jersey and they'll enjoy him for years to come.
BUT, if Parise is made available, it will be because he either does not want to stay in New Jersey or because he's positioning himself for unrestricted free agency. Maybe he wants to choose where he wants to play. Maybe his agent is worried about salary rollbacks in the next CBA and is advising him to wait until after it's finalized before signing long-term... (Maybe he'll even come back and sign with Jersey.)
But whatever the reason, the acquiring team has to consider Parise a rental, because they would only have control over him for the next 15 months.
And that affects his value.
What was the rental price for Kovalchuk? Peanuts. The B's wouldn't part with Rask last year for Kovy straight up. With Parise, you're guaranteed another year, and that adds some value, even if he is injured, but the point is, I don't see many teams offering up three 1st's or two potential franchise talents (like Rask AND the TO 1st) for a guy who could walk next summer. That's my take anyway.
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