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NHL Trade Rumors: Zach Parise and Stars Teams Will Overpay to Acquire

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 26: Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils  in action against the New York Islanders on November 26, 2011 at The Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2012

With the 2012 NHL trade deadline just days away, the rumor mill is heating up with all of the action.

Big names like Zach Parise, Rick Nash and others are making this deadline feel even more important than previous years.

If a team close to playoff contention can land one of these big stars, they will lock themselves in for a serious run at the Stanley Cup.

 

Zach Parise

The New Jersey Devils have made it perfectly clear that they will not be dealing forward Zach Parise before the trade deadline. Instead, they will wait until the season is over and trade his rights to another team.

As plain as it is to see that this idea is dreadful on so many different levels, this is just a public ploy to get teams to bring serious offers to the table. With the financial woes the Devils currently have, trading Parise at the deadline is not out of the question.

At least one team will feel the pressure to make a blockbuster trade and Parise may be the player they are targeting. With his leadership abilities put on full display during this trade mess, Parise actually upped his stock. To get Parise, any team will have to overpay.

 

Rick Nash

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 01:  Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets waits for a faceoff during the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on February 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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While the was a point in time when being the captain of an NHL team meant you were staying on that team for the rest of your career, it apparently is meaning less and less by the day. If Rick Nash is moved from Columbus, Captain’s will have no sanctity left.

There have been talks that Nash has shared his displeasure with the direction of the team to management, and the Blue Jackets are fielding calls about possible trade scenarios that involve their star forward.

With Nash being the face of the Columbus franchise, the only way a team will be able to pry him away will be with an amazing package that forces the Blue Jackets to pull the trigger. Look for teams with a plethora of young talent to kick the tires on Nash.

 

Ryan Suter

OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 29:  Ryan Suter #20 of the Nashville Predators and Team Chara warms up prior to the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game at Scotiabank Place on January 29, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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While Nashville has remained steadfast in their stance that they will not trade defenseman Ryan Suter before the deadline, there may be enough interest to get a deal done if certain teams sweeten the pot. I’m looking at you, Philadelphia Flyers.

Most teams are in a holding pattern right now, but the Philadelphia Flyers just made a trade to add back-end defender Nick Grossman. That may make it easier for them to pass up on Suter or drive them even harder to make a deal happen.

With a plethora of young talent at forward, the Flyers could move a few pieces to acquire the star defender and lock him up long term. In an ideal world, he would take over where Chris Pronger and Kimmo Timonen left off.

 

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