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02-27-2012, 11:06 PM
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Why do you people insist on including Parise in next years lineup?
HE'S NOT COMING HERE!!!!
Devils didn't give him the contract he wanted last year. There was also a lot of reported tension between him and management after that when he voiced his displeasure of not being guaranteed a contract.
The fact that he hasn't signed an extension makes it likely that he's going to test free agency waters.
Players sign with rivals all the time, look back at 24/7 when they focused on Talbot, and you'll see while team mates might be surprised, a player will ultimately do what is best for him.
The Devils will have a lot of needs too. Marty doesn't have too many more seasons left, if any, after this one. To find a goalie to match that level of play is incredibly hard, and so much of the Devil's current and past success is derived from Marty's dominance.
I look at them and see their current success as being their maximum potential, at least for the next 5 years, especially when you take into account the uncertainty of their goalie retiring.
Financially, they are a more financially strapped franchise than others. They aren't bottom feeding, but they don't excessively spend. It seems like to get Parise on a roster, some team will have to pony up. Don't tell me he'll take a hometown discount because as I've stated earlier that's unlikely due to his position with management and how these last few years with his contract negotiations have gone. If they want to keep him they'll have to pay as much as the highest bidder.
That being said, which team will offer the most for him?
Certainly not Detroit. They thrive because they sign all of their stars to discounts. They also like to sign players from within their conference, ones with familiarity to the type of system those teams play. I'm sure they'll inquire, maybe even offer, but I don't think they offer him the best.
Therefore, any other team, will have an equal opportunity to make a pitch and successfully try and pry Parise away from the Devils. It just so happens we have that exact need as a team. It just so happens that we have an amazing core in place with very bright prospects coming up in the wings in the coming years. It just so happens the style of game he plays fits ours to a tee. It just so happens that he lives 30 minutes from NYC and loves it here and that playing for the Rangers is an allure that few, if any, other clubs can offer.
That's why we put Parise in our lines for next year. Logically he makes sense. He's ideal for us, and we're ideal for him. The only bad part is that we're rivals with the Devils, but then again, so many have made the move before him, it won't be that surprising or hard of a transition if he really wanted to do it.
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