Sunday, July 31, 2011

Zach Parise To Be Acquired By The Toronto Maple Leafs?

Zach Parise will become an unrestricted free agent in 2012 after signing a one year deal for $6 million with the Devils. If they are unable to lock him up to a long term extension, you can bet that Leaf GM Brian Burke will do everything he can to acquire this player. If New Jersey has a poor first half and Parise goes onto the trading block, expect Burke to make a significant offer. However, if the Devils decide to sell Parise, the price will be expensive as he's 27 years old and hitting his prime years. Many teams will be competing for his services, hence why I don't think he'll sign long term in Jersey. Martin Brodeur's career can't continue forever, and this team's dynasty years are certainly in the rear view mirror. The question at this point for other teams is whether or not you offer a big package for Parise, or wait until July 2012 and not have to sell a load of prospects.

ESPN's Hockey Today speculated that Minnesota is going to offer Zach a monster contract and no mention was made about the Leafs, but my friend the Leaf fan insists otherwise. Why would Parise play in his home state of Minnesota when he could be a Toronto Maple Leaf? Every player wants to be a Toronto Maple Leaf, that's why all hockey players are born, to service the hopes and dreams of ambitious Leaf fans....

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