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Parise Is The #1 UFA Target For the LA Kings

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

These Kings have no intention of winning just one Stanley Cup. They want more. And they are not in any kind of salary cap conundrum, the way past winners have found themselves . They won’t have to dish off quality players - or any players really - the way the Chicago Blackhawks did after winning two years ago.

And while they won’t say so because they can’t legally say so, the captain of the New Jersey Devils is No. 1 on their off-season shopping list.

They want Parise, as do many teams, and they want him badly.

Parise fits perfectly into the Kings’ ultra-competitive philosophy, led by general manager Dean Lombardi and his able assistant, Ron Hextall. What they determined on their way to the Stanley Cup was what so many have known already. But until you witness it up close, experience it with your players - that fine line between success and failure often comes down to little more than effort.

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phillyphever's avatar

Yeah, one little problem: there’s a matter of getting Mr. Conn Smythe the contract he deserves. And considering what Rinne got, Quick is gonna be asking for more.

Posted by phillyphever on 06/12/12 at 09:54 PM ET


Looking at their roster/payroll I really don’t see how they fit Parise on board and fill out the remaining spots with worthwhile talent…unless they don’t plan on re-signing some of next year’s (13-14) FAs who were instrumental in helping them win the Cup. They only have 9 players currently under contract for 13-14 and Quick is due a huge pay increase after this season.

If Parise wasn’t looking for a huge deal both in terms of money and length, maybe they could swing it. As it stands this sounds like a piece of sensationalistic nonsense.

Posted by godblender on 06/12/12 at 10:02 PM ET


Parise fits perfectly into the Kings’ ultra-competitive philosophy, led by general manager Dean Lombardi and his able assistant, Ron Hextall.

Oh you mean the Kings’ philosophy that puts great stock in extraordinarily talented hockey players? Wow. Fuching genius, those guys.

Posted by godblender on 06/12/12 at 10:05 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Yeah, Simmons didn’t even bother to actually check the Kings’ contract/cap situation did he?

Actually the Kings would have to resign Penner and Stoll presumably to retain their core.  Between the two their cap hit this last season was $7.85m The Kings have cap space, but without knowing if the $70.3m cap number will stay in place (free hint: it won’t because the owner have cried “POOR!” still too often) you can’t spend right on up to it.

And as godblender pointed out, both Quick and Bernier have to be resigned then next season and Quick will want big money.

The Kings got their guys when they got Richards and Carter.  About the only way I could see them legitimately fit in Parise without hosing themselves would be to move Williams, or not resign one of Penner or Stoll.  Williams would make the most sense to me, of the 3.  Even then, they’d still be strapping themselves tight.

They also need to remember though:  they qualified for the playoffs very late as only the #8 seed.  They’re not just destined to win a bunch more Cups necessarily, so I dunno’ if they want to go all-in longterm necessarily.

Posted by Primis on 06/13/12 at 09:14 AM ET


What’s next from this guy?  The sun comes up in the morning and goes down at night.Captain obvious.  Still think he stays with Devils. 

Lamoriello put something in the water.  LOL

Posted by 13 user names on 06/13/12 at 09:38 PM ET

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