Originally written on The Hockey Guys  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Photo courtesy of Bruce Bennett / Getty Images By Rhys Richards (@RREsq) With each passing series in New Jersey’s unlikely run to the Stanley Cup Final, the market price for soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Zach Parise increases. While Parise may be pricing himself out of New Jersey and thereby causing the other 29 NHL teams to circle July 1st on their calendars again and again, Detroit fans may want to temper their expectations. 82-year-old team owner Mike Ilitch has made his desire to win now at whatever price known on the baseball diamond with the Tigers’ off-season signing of Prince Fielder for nine years at $214 million. As Ilitch told the Detroit News before the start of the Major League Baseball season, “What I think I’m most thrilled about is that, No. 1, to win you’ve got to have stars.” He added, “And to have public appeal you’ve got to have stars.” Ilitch’s statement may be indicative of an active off-season for the Red Wings, the team he resurrect...
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