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11-20-2011, 06:07 PM
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Devils fans place an absurdly high value on Parise because he's the only elite scoring forward they've had on their team for a long time.

Anyone you talk to on the Devils board will tell you it will take a massive overpayment to get Parise. Other posters will point to what Kovalchuk and Hossa were traded for when they were pending UFA's. The price likely falls somewhere in the middle because Parise has not rejected a max long term contract like Kovalchuk did.

Lamoriello is not going to trade Parise -- the fan base will riot. He will hold onto him and ride the year out and walk the plank knowing Parise could walk for nothing July 1.

Parise is going to test the market -- that's a fact. And LA has been in on some of the big names on the market over the last few years. You have to wonder with the instability of Devils' ownership and the looming bankruptcy claims if the Devils have enough financial and managerial stability to shell out another huge $$$$ deal like they did with Kovalchuk in the summer of 2010.

Dean made an excellent decision in pulling out of the Kovy sweepstakes. He is not worth that type of contract at all. A guy like Parise is someone worth a 7 million dollar per year contract, not Kovalchuk.

The Kings will have the cap space, and they have an excellent young core that should be attractive to a free agent that wants to win for the long haul. There is no reason at all to throw away Voynov, Bernier, Loktionov, etc when you can give up nothing and just sign Parise after the year is over.

The only way I could see Dean possibly giving up his top prospects is for a top flight forward/superstar that is locked up long term on a fairly reasonable deal (Nash or Jeff Carter) or for a young forward with superstar potential who is under team control for a few years -- a guy like JVR or TJ Oshie.

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