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Immediately: Still back and watch. Panic moves/Rash decisions kill.

Wait for the smoke to clear. I would avoid Nash (asking price) and Semin (lazy) completely.

I would look at Bobby Ryan, for the right price (lower round draft picks, Teddy) but that would mean waiting until August and he might be gone. But that is ok.

I think Lou will look at someone NOT on the radar, who has fallen out of favor and needs a change in scenery and will not demand a huge asking price. That would be my plan. We have a good team base which went to the Finals, no need for major changes. But we do need to make one move for a second line scoring wing.

Couldn't agree more. I think that Ryan could be a reasonable option to add some of the offense we lost, and his price tag will be considerably lower than Nash's. Other than that, we just need to ride it out. I woke up this morning and looked out the window; the sun was up and shining like every other day in my 26 years on Earth. I think we'll be just fine.

We know we cant really replace Zach, so it's foolish to try and pay (and put undue pressure) on someone who isnt Zach. We can all question how Lou handles the UFA's, but he also has helped us stay a contender for two decades.

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Didn't you say you were leaving a few days ago? Damn, I thought you'd be a man of your word. Git.

Do you even root for this team? It's really hard to tell.

You obviously know nothing. You don't talk to Lou on the phone. You get permission from the heads of the five families and maybe you get a sit-down at Panera.

Immediately: Still back and watch. Panic moves/Rash decisions kill.

Wait for the smoke to clear. I would avoid Nash (asking price) and Semin (lazy) completely.

I would look at Bobby Ryan, for the right price (lower round draft picks, Teddy) but that would mean waiting until August and he might be gone. But that is ok.

I think Lou will look at someone NOT on the radar, who has fallen out of favor and needs a change in scenery and will not demand a huge asking price. That would be my plan. We have a good team base which went to the Finals, no need for major changes. But we do need to make one move for a second line scoring wing.

I agree Manta. I would rather they wait it out. I think he will inquire about Semin, but the price will probably be too high for any of our likings.

I just wonder what we are going to do with our surplus of defense, we need to start getting Larsson in there more in my opinion.

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Immediately: Still back and watch. Panic moves/Rash decisions kill.

Wait for the smoke to clear. I would avoid Nash (asking price) and Semin (lazy) completely.

I would look at Bobby Ryan, for the right price (lower round draft picks, Teddy) but that would mean waiting until August and he might be gone. But that is ok.

I think Lou will look at someone NOT on the radar, who has fallen out of favor and needs a change in scenery and will not demand a huge asking price. That would be my plan. We have a good team base which went to the Finals, no need for major changes. But we do need to make one move for a second line scoring wing.

Agree as well. I don't think Lou will bother with the baggage that comes Semin and Nash would hurt us more than help us based on what Columbus is asking in return.

It would be smarter to see where Nash, or Ryan land and if these new teams have cap problems as a result of these deals.

Anyone think its worth taking a look at Fabian Brunnstrom?

He is UFA, we have a strong Swedish Contingent, could be had for next to nothing, and if he failed to crack the NHL he would provide excellent depth for Albany.

Brunnstrom couldn't even make in Detroit playing with Zetterburg and Datsuyk. Even in Albany I would rather give the ice time to developing players.

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Immediately: Still back and watch. Panic moves/Rash decisions kill.

Wait for the smoke to clear. I would avoid Nash (asking price) and Semin (lazy) completely.

I would look at Bobby Ryan, for the right price (lower round draft picks, Teddy) but that would mean waiting until August and he might be gone. But that is ok.

I think Lou will look at someone NOT on the radar, who has fallen out of favor and needs a change in scenery and will not demand a huge asking price. That would be my plan. We have a good team base which went to the Finals, no need for major changes. But we do need to make one move for a second line scoring wing.

i would expect the ducks to ask for a lot but i wouldnt mind ryan on the team

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i would expect the ducks to ask for a lot but i wouldnt mind ryan on the team

No one would, its the asking price that is concerning.

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The thing that caught me by surprise was the level of immaturity that Parise seems to display. His quote, “Ryan and I had talked throughout the year, we’d say to each other wouldn’t it be great to play with each other on the same team.”

Really? Did you have friends in New Jersey? Wasn't it great to play with any of them? This is coming from the Captain of a professional hockey team while the season is underway? It’s like something Pee Wee players would text. Somehow I can’t see a Captain like Scott Stevens saying that. Sounds like a couple of giggling schoolgirls.

And his other memorable quote, “I know how great a player Ryan is, I played with him in several tournaments. To play with a player of that caliber, it’s a great opportunity.”

Uh, hello Zach...how about the great opportunity of playing with a player of Kovalchuk’s caliber? Several tournaments...? It almost sounds laughable.

The wisdom of hitching the rest of your career to your childhood BFF reeks of some type of arrested development and delusional thinking. Moving “back home” may be one thing but a professional athlete tying his contract to a friend’s because it would be "great to play together" just sounds creepy and weird.

The more this plays out and I read what went down and what Zach has to say, the more it seems he is just a kid with hockey skills. Adult leadership, honesty, integrity?.....nah.

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Btw, did Parise even bother to acknowledge the Devils at all at his little shindig this afternoon? Did he even say 'thank you' to the organization that traded up to draft him, Lou (who treated him like a son), or the fans? Any expression of gratitude towards the Devils at all? Because if not, he's a bigger cocksucker than I thought.

Yes, he did.

"The opportunity to play at home, it really meant a lot to me," said Parise, whose father, J.P., spent 14 years in the NHL, including eight with the Minnesota North Stars. "It meant a lot to my family. My parents were so excited when I said I was considering coming back home. That played a big part."

Parise said Wednesday that, had he not elected to sign with the Wild, he would have returned to New Jersey. "I'm a loyal person," he said. "I loved playing there."

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Agree as well. I don't think Lou will bother with the baggage that comes Semin and Nash would hurt us more than help us based on what Columbus is asking in return.

It would be smarter to see where Nash, or Ryan land and if these new teams have cap problems as a result of these deals.

Brunnstrom couldn't even make in Detroit playing with Zetterburg and Datsuyk. Even in Albany I would rather give the ice time to developing players.

Yeah i know, i was looking through what’s available, and saw his name. I remember the calamity there was to sign him. He had a good first season (39 points in 55 games) and though i wonder if he could get back to that level.

I thought low risk high reward, if it fails he can go put up numbers in Albany, where to be honest we don’t have that many forward prospects he would be taking ice time from, especially with Zharkov gone and Gionta graduating to the big club.

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The thing that caught me by surprise was the level of immaturity that Parise seems to display. His quote, “Ryan and I had talked throughout the year, we’d say to each other wouldn’t it be great to play with each other on the same team.”

Really? Did you have friends in New Jersey? Wasn't it great to play with any of them? This is coming from the Captain of a professional hockey team while the season is underway? It’s like something Pee Wee players would text. Somehow I can’t see a Captain like Scott Stevens saying that. Sounds like a couple of giggling schoolgirls.

And his other memorable quote, “I know how great a player Ryan is, I played with him in several tournaments. To play with a player of that caliber, it’s a great opportunity.”

Uh, hello Zach...how about the great opportunity of playing with a player of Kovalchuk’s caliber? Several tournaments...? It almost sounds laughable.

The wisdom of hitching the rest of your career to your childhood BFF reeks of some type of arrested development and delusional thinking. Moving “back home” may be one thing but a professional athlete tying his contract to a friend’s because it would be "great to play together" just sounds creepy and weird.

The more this plays out and I read what went down and what Zach has to say, the more it seems he is just a kid with hockey skills. Adult leadership, honesty, integrity?.....nah.

THIS.

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Parise said he wanted to return all along but he knew all year he was going to get big money and go back to Minnesota. He knew it for a long, long time.

THIS. And this is the reason why I hate him

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THIS. And this is the reason why I hate him

YUP.

There's a man who understands what just happened.

Many others, seem not to. That's their problem.

Zach knew THE WHOLE TIME what was going to happen and how it was going to happen.

Devils weren't even given a chance.

Kid is a fraud and a pansy.

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Here's a noteworthy stat to keep in mind re the #Devils loss of Zach Parise. Over 24 playoff games, he was a MINUS-8. Adam Henrique, PLUS 12

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YUP.

There's a man who understands what just happened.

Many others, seem not to. That's their problem.

Zach knew THE WHOLE TIME what was going to happen and how it was going to happen.

Devils weren't even given a chance.

Kid is a fraud and a pansy.

Honestly I wouldn't even waste your breath with Parise anymore. Like another poster said he is now part of the Devils past and no longer part of the present or future. Let's just worry about the players we have now and let's mark Nov 11th on our calendars when we beat Minnesota 6-1 and make Parise start second-guessing his decision :cheers:

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Hypothetical Question:

If Lou and the Devils would have known about the Zach wanting to play with Minnesota before the trade deadline, should we have dealt him away to another team or kept him to see how far we would have gone in the Stanley Cup run?

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YUP.

Kid is a fraud and a pansy.

for going home? I dont think so.. I'd agree with you if he went anywhere else.. but not home.. Everyone wants to play for your child hood team, or your home team.. and I dont think he left for money.. 7.5/yr is what many of us thought he would get.

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Honestly I wouldn't even waste your breath with Parise anymore. Like another poster said he is now part of the Devils past and no longer part of the present or future. Let's just worry about the players we have now and let's mark Nov 11th on our calendars when we beat Minnesota 6-1 and make Parise start second-guessing his decision :cheers:

Fair.

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Hypothetical Question:

If Lou and the Devils would have known about the Zach wanting to play with Minnesota before the trade deadline, should we have dealt him away to another team or kept him to see how far we would have gone in the Stanley Cup run?

You keep him, similar to if you had made a big trade deadline acquisition who might walk, except he is free.

Good teams looking to make playoff runs add pieces, they don't send them away.

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Where's the cap circumvention penalty on his contract, too? 12 mill first year all the way down to 1 mill the final year!

Parise is a fraud who gave us lip service all year

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Where's the cap circumvention penalty on his contract, too? 12 mill first year all the way down to 1 mill the final year!

For the last time, the amendment to the CBA specifically sets out the parameters of long term frontloaded deals. If you are in compliance, no cap circumvention.

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Yesterday was tough. Having to rid myself of my favorite player everywhere. My avatars on various sites, my wallpapers, screen savers, shirts, pucks, and among other things my jersey needs to be changed. I admit I let Zach = The Devils and I should not have done that. I feel like I'm breaking up with half the team lol. We should get a giant box and meet at the Pru center then ship it to Zach with all our Parise sh!t in it. "All the things that remind us of you....p.s. don't call anymore". :giggle:

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