If there's a team besides the Devils that has the best chance at procuring Parise, then my early money is on the Pittsburgh Penguins.
As the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported over the weekend, the Penguins are very much interested in making a run at the prized free agent after freeing up some salary by trading center Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Pittsburgh has two big selling points to offer Parise. The first is a solid young nucleus of Sidney Crosby, reigning league MVP Evgeni Malkin, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, winger James Neal and defenseman Kris Letang.
The second is the Penguins' secret weapon in this whole thing, and it may just be enough to put Pittsburgh over the top if several teams present Parise with similar offers.
Parise and Crosby have been close friends for years, and the opportunity to play as part of what might be the most dangerous trio of young forwards in the NHL, with a buddy no less, might just be the cherry on top that's enough to land the Pens Zach Parise.