Zach Parise: NJ Devils Star Will Test Free Agency

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJuly 1, 2012

As expected, New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise will test the free-agent market, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

Zach Parise is going to market. NJD not necessarily "out" but everyone else is "in." Start your engines.

— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2012

 

UPDATE: Sunday, July 1 at 1:17 p.m. ET by Nicholas Goss

Add the Carolina Hurricanes to the list of teams that have made offers to both Parise and Ryan Suter. Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer reported the Hurricanes interest in both players.

Hearing the Canes have submitted offers to both Parise and Suter.

— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) July 1, 2012

After signing Jordan Staal to a 10-year, $60 million contract earlier on Sunday, it seems like the Hurricanes are not afraid to spend even more money to improve.

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UPDATE: Sunday, July 1 at 1:03 p.m. ET by Nicholas Goss

It didn't take long for Parise to receive offers from teams on the first day of free agency. The Minnesota Wild took to Twitter to share with the hockey world that they had made offers to Parise and free agent defenseman Ryan Suter.

From the Wild war room: the #mnwild have submitted contract offers to free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) July 1, 2012

Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer has reported that the Philadelphia Flyers have also made offers to Parise and Suter. They also offered defenseman Matt Carle a contract to remain with the team.

Source: #Flyers have made offers to Parise, Suter and Carle today.

— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) July 1, 2012

The Wild want to be contenders in the Western Conference and appear willing to spend large amounts of money to make that happen.

The Flyers are desperate for a Stanley Cup title and their blueline needs work in order for them to reach that goal. Suter is the ideal player to address their weaknesses on defense.

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This is the perfect year for Parise to hit the market. Many of the league's top contenders, such as the Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins could all use a winger with the complete all-around skill set that Parise has.

Parise had a salary-cap hit of $6 million this past season, and he will likely receive more than $7 million per season on his next contract.

The team to keep a close eye on during the Parise sweepstakes is the Minnesota Wild, who would improve their team tremendously and excite their fans by signing the Minnesota-born star.

Parise scored 31 goals with 38 assists last season for the Devils, and he helped lead them to the Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the Los Angeles Kings in six games.

Even though he is the top forward available in free agency, it's hard to imagine Parise making a final decision soon. With so many contending teams likely to show interest in signing him, it would be wise for Parise to take his time and review each offer carefully.

 

Nicholas Goss is an NHL Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and was also the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Final in Boston.