Zach Parise may be one of the biggest prizes of free agency and now that the Minnesota Wild have claimed their hometown boy on a great big contract, details about some of the other teams who made him an offer are coming to light. Among those teams who made an offer, though, were the Boston Bruins, which I find unusual as a Bruins fan.
The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinazawa said that the Bruins did indeed put in an offer for Parise, although the terms have not been disclosed. But if they were anything like the 13-year, $98 million deal the Wild gave him, I would find that questionable at best for two reasons: money and necessity.
In terms of money, the Bruins just don't have the kind of financial resources to take on a huge contract like that. They lead the league in terms of payroll and are very close to the salary cap ceiling as is, although Shinazawa does note that there is a 10 percent leeway allowed for the offseason. Still, unless Parise would be willing to play for peanuts, getting him onto the Bruins would have required some definite tweaking.
Two options to free up a little space for the Bruins aren't as much of a sure shot as they initially seem, either. Putting Marc Savard on the long-term injured reserve list could help, but Douglas Flynn said that, in short, it's not as easy as putting him on the list and getting back his cap hit in full--and players can't be put on that list in the offseason anyway. Dealing Tim Thomas to a team that needs help reaching the salary cap floor could help, but those teams may be hesitant to act in the face of potential changes that a new collective bargaining agreement may bring.
In terms of needing Parise's skills, the Bruins don't seem as desperate for his talents as other teams like the Wild. The Wild had just two players who scored more than 20 goals this past season: Dany Heatley and Kyle Brodziak. By comparison, the Bruins had six players who put away at least 20 goals. The Wild were in 30th place in terms of goals for while the Bruins tied for second in that metric.
Parise can definitely score goals--he had 31 this season along with 38 assists, plus this is his fifth season with more than 30 goals--so, simply put, a team that struggles to put it in the net needs him more urgently than a team that can find scoring all over the lineup.
To me, the Bruins just didn't need Parise and the fact that there was an offer from Boston at all seems strange. The Minnesota signing makes sense for many reasons. A Boston signing would have been nearly nonsensical.
Emma Harger is a Boston Bruins fan who wishes Parise all the best in Minnesota, a much better fit for him than Boston.
- Ice Hockey
- Sports & Recreation
- Boston Bruins
- Zach Parise
- Minnesota Wild