That being said, if you're planning on being there for years, the Kings are one of the few teams being built to remain competitive for a long time, and have the flexibility to take a large contract or two (depending on Doughty) plus add in playing with his buddy Dustin.
But if Parise wants a cup NOW, well, there are more solid options that don't include the Kings.
Devils haven't contacted Hitchcock about coaching job - NYPOST.com
While not exactly a declaration, that's as close to news as you will get in Lou's world.While the coaching position remains vacant and obvious candidate Ken Hitchcock telling The Post last night that the Devils have not contacted him, there are indications perhaps, finally, general manager Lou Lamoriello is working on Zach Parise's contract.
Parise could become a restricted free agent July 1 if the Devils don't sign him or choose team-elected arbitration, a decision that must be made by Friday. It is expected Lamoriello will at least try to negotiate a one-year deal to avoid arbitration.
Read more: Devils haven't contacted Hitchcock about coaching job - NYPOST.com
I just don't see any reason why team-elected arbitration isn't the route Lou will take in the next few days with regards to Parise. Protect the asset, figure it out later. He doesn't need an offer sheet from a motivated team forcing his hand.Is Parise going to make it to arbitration?
The Devils made their bed with Kovalchuk and they will sleep on it. ZP needs to get his health back to get paid and it's just a matter of time before he's no longer a Devil. Meanwhile Lou's gotta deal with the coach vacancy and determine how players will fit into the cap. Getting the most he can for Parise will come later.
Last edited by Riofan; June 14th, 2011 at 07:13 PM.
Besides Parise, the Devils need to deal with their aging HOF Goalie too. I don't know if they have someone in the pipeline to replace Brodeur, but I know a team that does.
One wonders how much location means to some of these FA's. To some, it's just who's going to pay the most. But every now and then you find guys who want to play in a specific location or with certain people (see Lebron). Since ZP is going to get paid well no matter where he signs, intagibles may become important to him. So why not play in a location where you don't have to shovel your driveway?
EJ said today on NHL Live that NJ has elected for arbitration. I'm not that familiar with the rules but doesn't that usually just mean a 1 or 2 year contract? If so no reason they can't sign him long term after that contract and make it work with the cap. I would love to see the Kings find a way to get him but I don't see it happening.