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by George Malik on 05/20/12 at 05:10 AM ET
After that little boondoggle regarding Zach Parise’s father perhaps furthering New York Rangers’ fans desires to see Zach Parise turn turncoat…It’s pretty bloody obvious that, regardless of their obvious loyalty to their current employers, both players can expect to have Brinks trucks backed up to their off-season homes and the rest of their careers very comfortably taken care of on a financial basis by the vast majority of the league’s 29 teams other than their own this summer—with perhaps a little pressure put upon them by their own agents to cash in on both an incredibly thin free agent crop and perhaps the last, best chance to land a “lifetime” contract before they’re wiped out of the next CBA…
And the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi figures that if Newsday can get away with treason (and if we are to believe what we read from one Damien Cox, the Devils’ financial issues are much worse than those of the money-bleeding organization in Nashville), Flyers fans can dare to dream, too:
Parise, 27, who the Flyers should hope doesn’t decide to return to New Jersey because of its surprising playoff success, would put them over the top.
With Parise, the Flyers, who were the NHL’s third-highest-scoring team this season, would probably have the league’s most dynamic offense. An all-around player who is also used on the penalty kill, Parise would also help the defense. The Flyers’ PK was tied for 17th out of 30 teams with an 81.8 percent success rate.
The Flyers, despite using a slew of rookies and being hindered by the loss of Pronger, had a 103-point regular season (47-26-9) and finished fifth in the East. Give them a B-plus for their work during the 82-game grind. For the overall playoffs, we’ll give them a disappointing C. And since the playoffs are the real season, it’s easy to overlook the positive strides made by Team Makeover.
But when evaluating the entire season, the Flyers are in good shape moving forward - and in great shape if they add another player with star power. From here, that player should be Parise.
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