This story seems pretty straightforward to me. Zach Parise is freshly unemployed after being bought out by the Minnesota Wild. He’s getting paid $6 million in cash this season from the Wild and probably still has a lot to give in the NHL.
Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Lightning are on a quest to shed salary cap space and replace it with some cheap forwards. The Bolts are expected to graduate a handful of Syracuse Crunch prospects, but having a known quantity like Parise would definitely help in the top nine. Considering how much he’s getting paid by the Wild, it’s hard to imagine Parise would want more than a million or so on a short term deal with their reigning two-time Stanley Cup Champions.
Here are our contract projections for Parise / Suter assuming they sign with a new team on or after July 28th. This Suter projection seems high, but weird things are happening this offseason so who knows. pic.twitter.com/L8NcRLwgLo— EvolvingWild (@EvolvingWild) July 13, 2021
As for Parise the player, he would be a high-risk signing considering he’s going to be 37 when the season starts. However, he’s been a first-line skater his whole career (up until this year) and is a good player in front of the net. He’s still got his legs and scoring touch, which is about all the Lightning could ask for in a cheap forward. I’ll also add that I think his give-a-damn meter is pretty high, which is something you want to see in a player who’s motivation might be in question after a buyout.
I would bet on him, because the worst thing that could happen is he’s on the fourth line or waived/traded to another team.
Zach Parise still has a really high projection per my model, but it comes with a ton of downside as a majority of his comps didn't live up to their own projections. They fell off quickly with only 32 percent even playing a second year. pic.twitter.com/rrqC1s4oce— dom at the athletic (@domluszczyszyn) July 13, 2021
Parise just extremely pumped for his teammate's first NHL goal. pic.twitter.com/VvdEWVkc3D— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) November 16, 2019
Zach Parise to the Lightning?
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Considering all the talk immediately after the buyouts were announced, it’s pretty clear GM Bill Guerin wanted to get rid of Parise and Suter because he was tired of the relationship more than anything else. I think that lends to both players having good seasons next year on different teams. They seem poised for a resurgence with lower profiles on already-established teams. [Star Tribune]
“For the Wild to make this move, to ditch two still-valuable players while the team’s stated intention is to win as much and as soon as possible, team management really got sick of these guys.”
Also happening in Minnesota, another big contract negotiation that has red flags waving from every direction. We got another Mitch Marner, folks!
Ladies and Gentlemen, we got ourselves A Marner https://t.co/k53mKYBSkP— Hardev Lad (@HardevLad) July 14, 2021
Gosh, the irony just doesn’t stop with Montreal, eh? Looks like they’re going to sit Shea Weber for the season before inevitably activating him for the playoffs. The big question for Montreal is are they even going to make the playoffs next year? I’m betting no.
This salary cap tomfoolery also extends to the Cap Recapture penalties Weber is set to experience once he retires. If Montreal (and Nashville) can convince the NHL he’s injured, they can leave him on LTIR in Montreal until the contract expires in five seasons from now.
Glass houses, Montreal fans. Glass houses.
I’m hearing the @CanadiensMTL won't protect Shea Weber for the expansion draft. Following the latest medical evaluations, he could miss all of next season. If not more.— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) July 14, 2021
Further to what @renlavoietva reported, can report that there’s concern for Shea Weber over knee, ankle and thumb injuries. May not play next season. Habs haven’t made any final decisions on expansion draft yet but seems likely they won’t protect him. Weber saw doc today.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 15, 2021
The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed Teddy Blueger, who is a decent third liner. To me, this indicates that someone like Barclay Goodrow is going to get a significant step above this as a UFA, and Coleman a step even above that. Not to be a wet blanket, but that makes it near-impossible to bring them back.
BIG NEWS! The Penguins have re-signed forward Teddy Blueger to a two-year contract.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) July 14, 2021
The one-way deal will run through the 2022.23 campaign and carries an average annual value of $2.2 million.
Details: https://t.co/bVDehFIxVI pic.twitter.com/htJcP23ri7
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