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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.
Signing Parise gives the Pens this look up front:
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.
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.