This proposed off-season deal was just too good to be true for Canucks fans. The idea that Mike Gillis could bring in an All-Star in Zach Parise for three players that the Canucks could easily get by without was amazing to Canucks fans across the board.
Though the Devils were only able to get Parise for one more season, it is likely that they won't be able to extend him through next season and he could walk away for free, which ultimately could prove a big mistake for GM Lou Lamoriello.
For the Canucks, goaltender Cory Schneider has a career record of 18-9 as a professional and has shown his worth in many big games, but with Luongo signed long term, they do not have much use for him. With Martin Brodeur's brilliant career seemingly coming to a close, Schneider would be a fabulous replacement for him in New Jersey.
As for Cody Hodgson, the Canucks' depth at center may prove worthless to his development, and there is no doubt that he is always on the market. Mikael Samuelsson is coming off a year in which inconsistency and injuries plagued him, but he still has the potential to put up points on a second or third line, which would be beneficial on a team like the Devils.
For the Devils, trading Zach Parise may seem like a huge no-no, but considering they are most likely going to be unable to re-sign him yet again, they might as well get something out of him that could extend into the future.
Parise had his 2010-11 season cut short due to a torn knee, but he has put up 341 points in just five seasons as a pro. He also has chemistry with Canucks forward Ryan Kesler as displayed in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and a complimentary player on the second line is integral for the success of the team.
Many people think this trade is insane, and on paper it looks that way, but for a team in New Jersey that is desperate to figure out its goaltending situation, as well as being in need of top-tier prospects, it may not seem so absurd when looking towards the future.
For the Canucks, it is do or die time. The team is running out of time to win a Cup with its core group of players, and if the Canucks were able to make this move, it could have given them a huge boost in their quest to lift the Cup.