With their complex financial issues they may be a team that has to wait and see what type of market results from the next CBA (e.g., redefined salary cap ceiling/floor and revenue sharing criteria) before proceeding.
I see no reason to rush into replacing Parise with another big name. Even with the loss of Parise, I think the evils are still in better shape going into this season than they were last year. Zajac missed most of last season and we had no idea what to expect from Henrique. At this point, those two fill our top two center spots nicely and Elias can slide back to LW and provide as many points as Parise did. Additionally, I think the playoffs may have opened Lou and DeBeor's eyes on how valuable icing a real 4th line can be.
It does bother me that Lou let Ponikarovsky get away though. At 1.8 for 1 year, why was he not signed? Did Poni give any indication that he wasn't happy with his role here? I know a lot of people said he had to wait until the Zach situation was settled but considering we signed 3 aging vets to multi year contracts before Parise bolted, that's BS. IMO it would have made a lot more sense to get Poni resigned and let Moose wait until the other situations cleared up. Oh well, hopefully Lou can pull off a similar depth move again this season.