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If Parise doesn’t look good in Rangers blue, what about Flyers orange?

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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phillyd's avatar

The problem is they need another D-man, not offense. Their forwards will only get better with time. The bigger issue is no Pronger, a quickly aging Timmonen and we’ll probably (hopefully) lose Carle to FA.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 05/20/12 at 10:36 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

And the entire first half of Carchidi’s column offers some very shoddy reasoning as to why the Flyers shouldn’t worry about Ryan Suter. ???

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/20/12 at 10:42 AM ET


This article supports Colin Cowherd theory about hockey beat writers.

Posted by FlyersFan on 05/20/12 at 03:11 PM ET


I wouldn’t surprised if flyers trade JVR and Bob so they can get a sutter and parise.

Posted by FlyersFan on 05/20/12 at 03:22 PM ET

Flashtastick56's avatar

The Flyers offseason game plan:  Trade everyone for everyone else.

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 05/20/12 at 03:51 PM ET


Why have I heard Holmgren hailed with doing all this great work?  It seems to me more like throwing shit at the wall to see what sticks. Like the Flyers offense was really the problem, right?  If the Rangers want him, they have a very good reason because they need all the goals they can get, and Zach would slot in nicely on a line with Richards and Gaborik, on a young, up-and-coming team, and one for which finance is not the problem it is across the river.

Posted by Jeff from Northern NJ on 06/01/12 at 11:41 PM ET

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