Why Zach Parise isn’t coming to New York

June 6, 2012, by

The Eastern Conference Finals only provided further evidence that Zach Parise is a terrific player and would be an ideal fit for the New York Rangers.

There’s little doubt that GM Glen Sather is going to make Parise a massive multi-year offer when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, but despite New York’s desire to convert the Devils’ captain into a true blue soldier, there’s a very small chance of that actually happening (despite my repeated attempts to convince myself otherwise).

The primary reason – Parise isn’t like past Devils’ versions of Benedict Arnold; he cares deeply about the organization that drafted him nine years ago and takes great pride in leading the Rangers’ bitter rivals.  All the proof you need was etched onto Parise’s face as he was interviewed by the MSG Network immediately following New Jersey’s ousting of the Blueshirts on May 25th when Parise expressed immense satisfaction about erasing the memory of 1994 (1:25 mark).

Parise wasn’t just happy to be going to the Stanley Cup Finals, he was also obviously pleased to have helped his team achieve victory over its sworn enemy.

New York does have a couple of things going for it. The Rangers are unafraid to spend money and will dangle a huge deal in front of Parise’s nose that could make even Jersey’s most loyal warrior take pause.  Parise’s respect for Coach John Tortorella is now public knowledge and he’s certainly gotten a firsthand look at what the Rangers are building – a perennial championship contender that may not exist in New Jersey once Martin Brodeur (finally) retires.

The problem is that there are many teams that can match, or even exceed New York’s greatest financial package, so the pure advantage of cash doesn’t exist for the Rangers as it did in the past.

Among the other teams vying for Parise’s services are the hometown Minnesota Wild, which has an elite crop of young talent on the way, and the Detroit Red Wings, who are preparing to reload on the fly following the departure of Nicklas Lidstrom, but still boast enough superstars to ensure that they’ll be a Western Conference contender for years.

Don’t count the Devils out either.  New Jersey may have trouble competing financially with Parise’s other suitors, but he has a genuine loyalty to the franchise that has only been strengthened during the Devils’ playoff run.

Parise would undoubtedly be an excellent addition for New York, but his very real hatred for the Blueshirts combined with several other attractive options make the Rangers a huge long shot to land his services next month.


  1. freewheeler says:

    Good – keep him out. As a Ranger fan, I’d rather my team hate the Devils, and the Devils hate the Rangers.

  2. paulronty says:

    Personally I think you are vastly overstating his feelings about the Rangers, like its incontrovertible that he hates this organization. The Rangers style of play would suit him well and there is no way at this point of knowing where he will go.

  3. Zen says:

    I thought Parise would disdain coming here as well, until his dad’s comments about how good a fit he would be here.

    • Kevin Baumer says:

      Good fit and Torts, not necessarily how he feels about the organization as a whole though. Many whispers to the contrary.

  4. Spozo says:

    I don’t want him. Don’t get me wrong I think he is a great player who comes through in the clutch (think game tying goal in the final seconds of the gold medal game in the last Olympics). But there is clearly going to be a bidding war for him and I think he will be overpaid. He will get 7-9 million a year for probably 8 years. I just don’t think he is an 8 million dollar a year player. I think there are only 5-10 players who are and Parise is just outside of that elite category. He has no loyalty the the rangers so therefore they will have to simply outbid his other suitors to land him and I just think it will cost too much. I don’t see him pulling a Brad Richards and taking less money to play in New York.

    • HARLEMBLUES says:

      Well said

    • scrangersfan says:

      IMO. Richards took less money because deep in he’s heart he knew that he did not deserve that kind of dough.Don’t get me wrong, Richards is a very good hockey player but he is by no means a superstar quality player.Also, based on he’s performance this year it is very clear that the Rangers overpaid for he’s services.I know that some people will disagree with me but I’am only stating the facts.Let’s not make the same mistake with the like’s of Parise,Nash and Weber.

      • The Suit says:

        Richards took less money because he wanted to play for NY, had familiarity with Torts, and liked the direction our organization is heading in. He said so himself.

  5. shelly says:

    Saying that players ‘hate’ other teams is truly silly. These guys are pros. They may feel that emotion in the heat of the moment but it is a complete non-factor when it comes to making decisions about where to play. Parise may nit come to the Rangers and he surely (as all free agents are) will be overpaid but it won’t be because he ‘hates the Rangers’. As far as the Devils are concerned – loyalty goes only so far – their financial situation as i understand it will absolutely make it impossible for them to pay what the market will be for Parise. Unless he wants to take a major discount (and why would he do that – given that he is in his prime – this will be his best chance for the biggest payday) the Devils have virtually no chance of resigning him.

    • becky says:

      Agree 100%, well said.

      • The Suit says:


        • Kevin Baumer says:

          Well I will happily be proven wrong on the “hate” issue, but I think it is very real in this case. You’re right that NJ will have a very difficult time retaining ZP, but chances have certainly increased over the last couple of months. Awful team last year to borderline playoff team this year to Cup Finals paints a much different picture of the franchise’s direction that we would have guessed 18 months ago.

          • Steven T says:

            plus, in theory, couldn’t the team have earned more money recently due to the playoff run and therefore maybe have more money to go after Parise

            • Kevin says:

              Not sure how much the financial gain – I believe I read $20 million – helps in that department, but it’s a good point.

    • mark says:

      and we just got the best year we’ll get from Richards. It’s downhill and millions of $ from her on out.

  6. wwpd says:

    I must have missed this part but why is it such a given NJ can’t re-sign parise? I get they will have a lot of open roster spots from FAs but also they get a ton of cap space that comes with that

    • Kevin Baumer says:

      NJ in financial shambles with ownership uncertainty.

    • scrangersfan says:

      They may have a ton of cap space but they will have very little cash!

      • wwpd says:

        perhaps. i’m not convinced it is cheaper to let parise go and sign the other guys they have than the other way around though. cheap replacements can be found, less so an elite goal scorer beloved by all fans of the team.

        is the devils’ system really so bereft of talent they don’t have anyone who can crack the lineup waiting in the wings to fill some spots at a reasonable price?

  7. Chris says:

    Since the Rangers won’t have to give anything up but money and since it’s not my money I say break the bank for him. Otherwise some of these good young guys will have to be used in a trade to bring somebody of his caliber in here. I don’t know about any of you but that’s the last thing I want to see.

    • Kevin Baumer says:

      I think that’s kind of the popular sentiment and may be shared by the front office, but still up to him whether he wants to play here.

    • scrangersfan says:


    • HARLEMBLUES says:

      Their is a cap in the NHL money has to be spend wisely.To continue to overpay players BR,Dubi will hurt this team now and in the future and also my cable bill will get bigger.

  8. bigymoe says:

    Scott gomez hated ny to until the most money he has ever seen was dangled in front of him.he was happy cuz he was goin to the cup not cuz he earased 94′( they swept them in what 96) ….either detroit or nyr…..try to unload gabby and take on z.p. he fits into the teams hardhat style much better than twinkle toes gabby does!

    • Kevin Baumer says:

      BigyMoe: That’s kind of my point. In the past, it was easy to overcome something like that because the Rangers could simply blow other teams out of the water financially. They don’t have that advantage anymore.

    • shelly says:

      Ridiculous statement about Gaborik. The guy played through a serious shoulder injury, played all 102 games, consistently went into the dirty areas to try and score and generally fit very well into the ranger style. And, without his scoring, both during the regular season and before he aggravated the shoulder in the playoffs the Rangers would not have mad nearly as deep or successful a run. He may not have been this type of player before he came to the Rangers but he has clearly bought into the coach’s program and become a much better player and Tortorella has said as much.

      • Rickyrants13 says:

        The point is no matter what he brings to this team He wasnt there when we needed him the most And his history proves that this can and will happen again

        • Dave says:

          He tore a rotator cuff. Dude has one bad year and all of a sudden everyone hates him?

          • wwpd says:

            for real, what’s up with that?

          • Rickyrants13 says:

            I7 NHLseasons He asplayed 1 82 game season He has gotten injured in every year he has played. He is simply not built to last and his history proves that. How many years does he have to play to prove that to you?

            I love the guy but this team needs more then one goal scorer. And his 8 mill hampers us from getting that.

            • shelly says:

              First of all it is $7.5 million not 8 million… and 17 seasons? not even close – try 11 and in 6 of them he’s played 71 or more games which are pretty close to full seasons. Has the guy had some injury history? sure but it is overstated and 41 goal scorers don’t grow on trees. If you subtract his 41 goals you merely compound the problem rather than solving it

              • Rickyrants13 says:

                That was suppose to say in 11 seasons. And your right 40 goal scorers dont grow on trees. Bu this guy isnt getting younger and his injuries are going to take its toll on him as he gets older.

                I wasnt the one who said trade him. BUt I would if I could replace him.

              • Rickyrants13 says:

                And .5 mill means notta when it comes to a cap hit Come on now.

        • Spozo says:

          Callahan broke his foot last year and missed the playoffs. He wasn’t there when we needed him so I guess we should have unloaded him. What the hell was management thinking naming him the captain?v

      • VinceR says:

        People need to stop with “unload gabby”. It is up to him. He has a no trade clause and can stay if he chooses. It also limits our options as even if he agreed to be traded, he could demand to pick and choose the teams he wants to go to.

      • Steven T says:

        I seriously have no idea with the Gaborik comment. That guy played through injury, played in 102 games, and is probably the most explosive offensive weapon the Rangers have

    • scrangersfan says:

      Try to unload Gaborik and get Parise is like try to unload Ely Manning to get Sanchez.Make no sese to me.You want to unload a 40+ goal scorer to get a 30 goal scorer? Who’s side are you on?

      • Kevin says:

        Yeah I think the point is to pair Parise with Gaborik, not add offense and subtract more since that’s the problem area to begin with….

  9. Rickyrants13 says:

    Wn it comes to you saying that he hates the Rangers more then the others YOUR WRONG. there is no way he hates the Rangers anymore then Gomer or Holik did. Those two went thru wars with NY and still packed their bags and came here.

    As for why NJ wont be able to keep him. Is they have everyone on their roster but three players to resign in the next two years.

    THE ONLY REASON and I say only reasons Parise doesnt come to NY will be this. Price is too high. Or he wants to play for another team like Detroit.

    HATE will not be the reason. But with all of that said We need more. With Gabby being out for a long period of time we now need two scorers and a power forward.

    • Kevin says:

      I can’t imagine price being the issue. Slats will be among the top bidders, this is his best chance to score offense without parting with the prospects he treasures.
      I simply don’t agree that Gomez and Holik were as loyal. But even if they were, the Rangers were simply able to blow competitors away with their financial offer. There will be many teams that can at least match New York’s best package this July.

      • Rickyrants13 says:

        Hving the money in cap space and actullt spending it all on one player are two different things. You know that.

        • Rickyrants13 says:


          • The Suit says:

            Gotta agree with Ricky here, unless you know Parise personally or talked directly to someone who does, it is kind of ridiculous to state that Parise wouldn’t come here because he hates the Rangers organization. Seems a bit of a stretch to me.

            • Kevin says:

              Fair enough, we shall see. I think he’s made his disdain pretty clear, but I will happily be proven wrong. Suit what’s your reasoning for disinterest in ZP?

              • The Suit says:

                Where is his disdain? Because he said he’s glad he doesn’t have to hear questions from the press about 94 any more?

              • Kevin says:

                I’m pretty sure it’s come up before, though I don’t have links to others. Regardless, I’m genuinely curious, why are you against getting ZP?

              • The Suit says:

                I don’t know if I am against it, or disinterested in ZP, I just prefer Sather explore other options for the reasons mentioned in my Jagr post yesterday.

              • Kevin Baumer says:

                Gotcha, wasn’t sure if there was a reason beside that having to do with ZP specifically.

  10. Steven T says:

    I seriously don’t understand the idea that you wouldn’t want Zach Parise. He would be perfect for the system, you would be taking him from your biggest rival and therefore depleting their roster, and it would be the perfect upgrade to the top 6 forwards to help bring home the Cup. That being said, my guess is he goes to Detroit, just a random gut feeling

  11. Dave says:

    I personally am all for Parise coming here at the right price. That said, the right price is lower than other teams right now because after the 2012-2013 season the Rangers will have to give Anisimov, Stepan, Hagelin, and McDonagh new contracts.

    • Kevin says:

      I am not terribly concerned with the financial picture just yet because trading Dubi could clear $4 mil, Sauer’s could be gone as well.
      Hagelin and McD could both get less than market value with arbitration – and the following year Gabby’s contract comes off the books

      • wwpd says:

        Hard to see moving Dubi without salary coming the other way. But stranger things have happened

  12. Tim B says:

    Any chance Dustin Penner could cone to NY? I think i read on BSB or somewhere else that the Rangers were interested in aquiring him via trade this season or maybe last season

    • Kevin says:

      I’d be pretty surprised. Work ethic and consistency issues. Not exactly the NYR mold

  13. rob sahm says:

    everybody talks about how much nash would cost this guy is going to cost around 8 million per. do we really want to strap our own cap when it comes time to resign the core guys like cally, henrik mcdonaugh and boyle i think not go get a shane doan or iginla they are just as good i smell gomez and holik on this one no thanks

  14. Rickyrants13 says:

    In 7 NHL seasons He has played in 1 82 game season He has gotten injured in every year he has played. He is simply not built to last and his history proves that. How many years does he have to play to prove that to you?

    I love the guy but this team needs more then one goal scorer. And his 8 mill hampers us from getting that.

    • Spozo says:

      Callahan hasn’t played a single 82 game season in his career. He missed the playoffs last year because he was injured. According to your argument, Cally isn’t built for this team either. I just don’t get all the hate on Gabby for scoring the third most goals in the NHL this year and then playing through a torn rotator cuff for 20 games of playoff hockey and still putting up 10 points. He had a phenomenal season, give the guy some credit.

    • VinceR says:

      First I want to say I agree with Spozo, but what do you we propose we do with him, Ricky? He has a no trade clause! It would be extremely difficult to 1)get him agree to a trade 2)get him agree to be traded to a team who has an asset worth trading him for 3)also have that team be able to afford the cap hit AND not bend us over the barrel knowing the fact that he has a limited number of teams he might agree to be traded to!

      I don’t see how you think it’s a good idea just to dump him for pennies on the dollar after the great season he just had! I think sometimes you just expect players to be superhuman just because they are paid more or are stars…they are still just human and things happen. I think we need to look at this realistically.

      • Rickyrants13 says:

        First off it never said anywhere in my post that Iwanted to trade him. Or that I have the answers.

        I was just making a point that his cap hit hurts us If he cant stay healthy.

        As for no trade clause and all that other mumbo jumbo. Everyone told me that when it came to Gomez and Redden and Drury too.

        • Vince R says:

          Misunderstood you on the trading bit. As far as Redden and Drury, neither were traded.

          Gomez was so worthless there was little risk in dumping him. A bag of pucks was worth getting him off the books and we got a great surprise back. It’s great that he agreed to be traded but he knew he was not going to be welcome here.

          Gabby is worth a lot more and we can’t gamble on what we take for him.

  15. Sagebob says:

    I agree its not likely but I would love to get Parise. He plays the same style and he can score goals. And we don’t have to give up any players. Better than a big trade for Nash.

  16. DaNk says:

    I like the team we have as is. We had a real banged up and tired defense, and we still almost made the finals. Another year of NHL play for Hagelin and Kreider, and a healthier D (hopefully) going into the playoffs next year, and we win the whole damn thing.

  17. hfsumgr says:

    I would LOVE for Parise to join the Rangers! He would fit well with the team without giving away our youth. Yes, he feels loyalty to the Devils, but the Devils have only shown loyalty to Brodeur. They are notorius for letting their best players skate away. Many skated across the river, but few became a Ranger asset. I’m sure Parise realizes that most NHL players move from team to team. I think he would enjoy playing on a team that wouldn’t try to change his style of play, he’d still be living & working in the same area, he’d still have family and home nearby, & the Rangers would throw decent money his way. Yes, he was psyched to have knocked out the Rangers in the finals, but was stil playing. If the Kings win The Cup, he will consider. Give him some credit. Remember, this is a business.

    • Sioux-per-man says:

      Parise is a class act. He is taylor made for a Torts team!!! He NEVER quits, and he will out work you, down low and in front of the net.

      Parise would ba a perfect fit for this team, and he knows how close this team is to a championship. AND he likes to play for Torts.

      I say it’s a 50-50 chance he is a blueshirt. If not he will be a Red Wing. The Wild are not close enough to a Stanley Cup.

      It’s business, nothing personal, he will get a $7M salary for ALOT of years on his next contract. Think about it, Dubi Dollars would be better spent on Parise for a long term deal. Kreider & Hags will pass Dubinsky in scoring next year.

      I say sign him ASAP!!!

  18. BadBoy says:

    Pro athletes ever since sports began say they hate their rivals. But once the season ends and the business side begins, the color green 88 times out of 100 changes their minds very quickly.

  19. Tom says:

    Ugh I don’t know what is but I’d rather just od tight take a filer on Scott Sullivan or rudluav (sorry can’t Remb how spell his name). I just can’t see having gaborik Richards henrik and anther paid so well good for the team in a few years