Making the case for Zach Parise

Yesterday we made the case for Ryan Suter.
 
Today it is Zach Parise.
 
A Parise scenario implies a couple of things:
 
-The Penguins make signing Parise their top priority.
-Crosby has done an effective job selling the Penguins to Parise.
-Parise in effect resists the huge cash money that some teams will throw at him and signs a 7-year deal, somewhere in the neighborhood of $50-56 million.  Anything over $8 million a year for Parise is way too bizarre.
 
Quick reasons this is a possibility:
 
1. The Penguins need to replace Staal's 60-65 points.
2. This would give Crosby his long-awaited winger. Pens core forwards would be Crosby, Malkin, Neal, and Parise. You'd basically have two of the most lethal lines in hockey.
3. First line would be the P-C-P line (Parise-Crosby-Pascal). No problem at all with putting Pascal in there. 
 
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Signing Parise gives the Pens this look up front:
 
Dupuis-Crosby-Parise  
Kunitz-Malkin-Neal
Sullivan-Sutter-Cooke-Kennedy
Vitale-Adams-Jeffrey-Tangradi
 
We'll take that.  The top 2 lines will be deadly when thrown out there back-to-back.  Then you have Brandon Sutter lurking around.  4th line is a 4th line.
 
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Remaining cap space after Parise's $8 million a year would be $6.6 million.  Round it down to $6 million flat for shits.
 
Shero still has to fill the hole left by Michalek and to shore up the blue line a little bit more.  He can use the rest of the cap space to grab up some Suter also-rans in free agency.
 
Bryan Allen could be grabbed for $3-4 million.
Dennis Wideman could be given a peek.
Jason Garrison from Florida is all day.
 
The Pens may not need a big-name, impact defenseman.  A couple of serviceable guys who have been around the block could do the trick.
 
NOTE: This Parise post was much more difficult to justify than the Suter post from yesterday.
 
 

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