Agreed, and I said this. If Parise leaves, and we don't replace him with a trade, or signing than there is no reason to not re sign Petr. We just lost 52 goals, and our scoring wasn't exactly top 10 in the league in the regular season I don't believe. Take off 12 for the goals we got for winning shootouts.
It annoys me that Pittsburgh easily swept their mistake (Michalek) under the rug to free up cap space for Parise and now look like their going to get him and maybe Suter, too. Ridiculous. People ask how they can afford Letang and Malkin, well they'll just trade away another one of their mistakes.
Michalek was one of their few reliable defensemen and they traded him to upgrade their offense. Go figure.
a) Marty is going to sign, just chillax, because they are waiting on Parise, so they know what kind of contract they can draw up. You really think Marty is going to leave the franchise he's played his entire HOF career with, right before he retires? Hell, I'm surprised he's not retiring this year. A this point in his career the most important thing is his legacy, unless he's a complete goof job he's not going to toss that, and he knows nobody loves him like we do.
b) Zack may be back, might not, but we're going to have to wait, c'est la vie. Still him going to the Pens would be epic, as they are going to need to score 8 goals a game to make up for the 7 they are going to give up every night, so LOLz.
Pretty sure Marty knows what our budget is and is just waiting what or if Parise signs for and he will sign what ever he needs to stay
That plus there's maybe five teams at best that are going to offer him something, fewer still are going to be offering him 50-60 games. He could have gone somewhere else already if he wanted to, unless his decision is going to be based (gulp) on whether Zach leaves, and he wants to go out the door too cause the team won't be competitive. Either way it's not taking him two days to go through whatever other teams have offered.