We are just out of October and the rumors are already starting to heat up on this young National Hockey League season.
With the New Jersey Devils off to the league's worst (and most surprising) start, it comes as no shock that many of these rumors focus on their players.
Everyone who follows the league knows of the Devils' salary cap woes. Luckily for them, Rolston went down early in the year. Could you imagine had the Devils needed to count his number against the cap? Yikes!
Let's backtrack to the summer months. So much was being made about Ilya Kovalchuk and his desire for a big contract. Make no mistake, the Kings tried desperately to sign this guy. It just wasn't in the cards.
In retrospect, general manager Dean Lombardi appears to have made the right choice. His team is off to a great start with a line-up that is firing on all cylinders.
There is no doubt that the Kings would love to add a top tier scorer to their forward lines. In the summer it looked as though Ilya Kovalchuk was going to be that guy.
If you read one of my earlier articles here on Bleacher Report, you will notice that I really think that Kovalchuk means more to the Kings than he ever will for the Devils. Kovalchuk just isn't a Lou Lamoriello type player. That's not to say that he isn't a good player or a talented player. I'm just saying that he doesn't really fit into the "team" concept that the Devils like to play with.
Now let's move onto the rumors that are spreading around the Internet.
Lately, there has been a lot said about Zach Parise. He is definitely one of the top left wingers in the game. There is no doubting this guy's talent. When you look at him, he defines what it means to be a New Jersey Devil.
How would you feel if you were Zach Parise? Would you feel upset about this Ilya Kovalchuk mess? I surely would. When you consider that this team used to be on top of the world, it really is no shock that the locker room is torn apart.
You have the group of guys who are all for Lou and his history of building winners, and you have the group who follow Ilya Kovalchuk and his flashiness out on the ice. Look at those two groups. What did Kovalchuk ever win in Atlanta? Nothing. What has Lou won in his career? Lots. It's not that difficult to grasp the concept.
If I'm Zach Parise, I'm not taking any big discount in order to stay in New Jersey. Why would I want to be the bridesmaid to Ilya Kovalchuk for my entire career? This is where the trade rumors all begin.
Immediately when you think about the possible trade of a sniper, the Los Angeles Kings pop into your head. The Kings are looking for that high powered sniper to set-up beside Anze Kopitar.
Would it make sense for the Kings to acquire Zach Parise?
In my opinion, it would.
He brings all of the things that Dean Lombardi preaches. He has the heart, skill and determination to be a winner in this league.
What would the Kings have to give up to acquire Parise? Every team knows that the Devils are dealing from a position of weakness. They are in serious cap trouble and their defense is completely depleted.
When I think about the Parise situation in New Jersey, I compare it to the Jack Johnson situation in Los Angeles. Do you really think that Jack Johnson wants to be sitting behind Drew Doughty for his entire career? Probably not. I'm not saying that Parise and Johnson are unhappy, I'm just saying that they probably realize that they will never be the top dog on their respective teams.
A Jack Johnson for Zach Parise swap would make sense for both teams. Now obviously the Kings would have to sweeten the pot a little bit. I'm not that much of a homer to think that Johnson alone is worth one of the premier young snipers in the league. Lombardi has built a team that is capable of winning now. If he were to throw in a high draft pick or top prospect, there really wouldn't be any harm in it.
Acquiring Zach Parise would be the move that puts the Kings over the top. Immediately the Kings would go from division contenders to Stanley Cup contenders. In closing, Zach Parise is a player on the rumor mill's radar right now. I have read multiple sources from authors that really feel as though Parise will be traded before the season ends.
Of course, we must remember that Parise is severely injured right now so the chances of him being traded are essentially zero.
I for one really hope that the Kings acquire a sniper before the playoffs. It doesn't have to be Parise; it could be any sniper in this league.
With all of the rumors floating around, I would like to leave you with a few questions to put in the comments section below.
Do you feel as though Parise will be traded?
Do you think the Kings have a shot at acquiring Parise?
What would the Kings have to give up for Parise?
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