The Minnesota Wild nearly traded forward Zach Parise at the NHL trade deadline, could that have been a mistake? A look into why the Wild shouldn’t trade Zach Parise.
July 4th, 2012, The Minnesota Wild made a big splash into the free-agency market by locking up both defenseman Ryan Suter and forward Zach Parise to identical 13-year, $98 million deals.
Parise, born in Minneapolis, MN had come home to The State Of Hockey after spending his first 7 NHL seasons with the New Jersey Devils, who had just fallen short in a 6 game Stanley Cup Final series against the L.A Kings.
Parise, along with Ryan Suter, came to the State Of Hockey to help bring in the Stanley Cup. With the Wild, Zach Parise has played in 36 playoff games from 2013 to 2018 and with no real deep success, rumors and rumblings began to build that Parise would be open to a new organization.
Trade deadline day, 2020, The Minnesota Wild had already shipped off Jason Zucker to the Pittsburgh Penguins and for most Wild fans, it was expected to be a quiet deadline up until the rumblings started happening that a potential trade was in the works between the Wild and the New York Islanders.
It was reported that Andrew Ladd was the player being shipped to the Wild for Parise. Both players had waived their no-move clause, so it came down to the GMs coming to terms on the deal. For whatever reason, General Managers Bill Guerin and Lou Lamoriello couldn’t make it work. In like-minded fans, trading Zach Parise doesn’t make much sense at all. GonePuckWild Site Expert Lake Martin said, “I never heard a remotely good package that could have happened there that made sense for Minnesota” which appropriately exemplifies one of the reasons why Zach Parise shouldn’t be traded.
Other reasons as to why Zach Parise shouldn’t be traded is that he still has gas left in the tank, granted he is very injury prone at times, but he will make his living in front of the net weather it be deflecting pucks in or creating a net-front presence to intimidate an opposing goaltender.
Parise is also has a super competitive mind when it comes to the game as the bloodlines will show, Zach’s father, J.P Parise played 17 NHL seasons between 1965 to 1979.
There’s also a leadership aspect to this as Parise dons the alternate captains “A” on the front of his sweater he leads by example and plays a true, honest game and leaves it all out on the ice every single night.
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