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The Eastern Conference Finals only provided further evidence that Zach Parise is a terrific player and would be an ideal fit for the New York Rangers.
There’s little doubt that GM Glen Sather is going to make Parise a massive multi-year offer when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, but despite New York’s desire to convert the Devils’ captain into a true blue soldier, there’s a very small chance of that actually happening (despite my repeated attempts to convince myself otherwise).
The primary reason – Parise isn’t like past Devils’ versions of Benedict Arnold; he cares deeply about the organization that drafted him nine years ago and takes great pride in leading the Rangers’ bitter rivals. All the proof you need was etched onto Parise’s face as he was interviewed by the MSG Network immediately following New Jersey’s ousting of the Blueshirts on May 25th when Parise expressed immense satisfaction about erasing the memory of 1994 (1:25 mark).
Parise wasn’t just happy to be going to the Stanley Cup Finals, he was also obviously pleased to have helped his team achieve victory over its sworn enemy.
New York does have a couple of things going for it. The Rangers are unafraid to spend money and will dangle a huge deal in front of Parise’s nose that could make even Jersey’s most loyal warrior take pause. Parise’s respect for Coach John Tortorella is now public knowledge and he’s certainly gotten a firsthand look at what the Rangers are building – a perennial championship contender that may not exist in New Jersey once Martin Brodeur (finally) retires.
The problem is that there are many teams that can match, or even exceed New York’s greatest financial package, so the pure advantage of cash doesn’t exist for the Rangers as it did in the past.
Among the other teams vying for Parise’s services are the hometown Minnesota Wild, which has an elite crop of young talent on the way, and the Detroit Red Wings, who are preparing to reload on the fly following the departure of Nicklas Lidstrom, but still boast enough superstars to ensure that they’ll be a Western Conference contender for years.
Don’t count the Devils out either. New Jersey may have trouble competing financially with Parise’s other suitors, but he has a genuine loyalty to the franchise that has only been strengthened during the Devils’ playoff run.
Parise would undoubtedly be an excellent addition for New York, but his very real hatred for the Blueshirts combined with several other attractive options make the Rangers a huge long shot to land his services next month.
BEST OF MAXIM
It may seem like the Rangers have been growing young defensemen on trees, but Mike Sauer’s uncertain future is proof that you can never have enough blueliners in the pipeline. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few D-men that could interest New York at the draft later this month.
Just a reminder, all 2012 draft prospect reviews can be found on our Draft Coverage page...
This summer the Rangers can afford to be aggressive – and risk a swing-and-a-miss mistake – this off season as they search to go one round further next season than this time around. There’s one caveat however (isn’t there always?) and that’s the pending CBA fallout.
The Rangers are not far from being a Cup team. The core is there, the youth is plentiful and in place while...
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KTLA-TV news reporter Allie Mac Kay spanked the NJ Devils mascot during a live morning news broadcast in Los Angeles.
Mac Kay is a LA Kings fan and she really showed who’s the boss by spanking the mascot’s butt hard.
“Allie pulled out her bedroom moves,” joked co-anchor Chris Schauble.
The Los Angeles Kings can end a few things with a victory in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night: The series, one of the greatest runs in NHL playoff history and the franchise's status of never having won it all.
The career of legendary New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur probably won't be added to that list.
"I wouldn't trade this for anything...
Adam Henrique scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:29 to play, Martin Brodeur made 21 saves, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Wednesday night to avoid a sweep in the Stanley Cup finals.
Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk also scored third-period goals for the Eastern Conference champion Devils, who forced the NHL to put the Stanley Cup back in its crate for...
Just as they were on the verge of exiting the Stanley Cup final in four straight games, just as they were in danger of getting shut out for a second straight game and matching the record for scoring futility in a four-game sweep, the Devils showed they weren't quite ready to call it quits for the season. Now, the Kings, the first team to have four 3-0 series leads in the same...
You have to give the New Jersey Devils all the credit tonight. They could have easily packed it in early but played their best game of the series to win 3-1.
Game 5 is Saturday night at 8:00pm ET and back on NBC in the US.
One more win and we have a series and now the Kings make the long trip back to Jersey with a little doubt in their mind.
Here is the Adam Henrique goal late...
When it comes to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, special teams play is always key.
There could be times when a team need a big power play goal to get the lead, tie the game or blow the game wide open. At other times, a team needs to kill a penalty to preserve the lead, preserve a tie and to at least stay in the game.
Last night in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Los Angeles...
The New Jersey Devils staved off elimination with a stifling 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. They received goals from Patrik Elias, Adam Henrique, and an empty-netter from Ilya Kovalchuk. Tune in to Game 5 at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, Saturday night at 8pm on NBC.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, Put the coronation on hold - for three nights anyway. One win away from their first Stanley Cup championship in 45 years, the Los Angeles Kings couldn’t close the deal Wednesday night, falling 3-1 to a New Jersey Devils team that had nothing to lose and were finally rewarded for some hard luck and bad bounces endured earlier in the series...
The Los Angeles Kings took a commanding 3-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals after last night’s 4-0 win over the New Jersey Devils. And to add insult to injury, a few rather creative Kings fans who were seated right behind the Devils’ bench held up huge cardboard heads of ‘Jersey Shore’ cast members.
Well done, Kings fans. Well done indeed.
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If you haven't heard it at least 10 times already, Craig Custance at ESPN Insider reminds Rangers fans that the Blueshirts will be interested in Zach Parise, Rick Nash and Alexander Radulov this offseason....is ESPN kidding me charging for this "inside" information? Way to be on top of things fellas. I've posted about the Rangers interest in Parise and Nash at...