Zach Parise is the captain of the New Jersey Devils and one of the top free agents in this upcoming offseason. Of all the landing spots in the NHL, the Dallas Stars would be a fantastic fit for the star left wing.
Zach Parise is from Minneapolis. When he was growing up, the Dallas Stars were the Minnesota North Stars.
Parise’s father was a coach for the North Stars at one point in time as well.
Given that no one from the franchise is still around from the days of the North Stars, it would add a sort of nostalgic feel.
If the possibility of making everything come full circle in terms of NHL franchises doesn’t tickle his fancy, then there is the major market factor.
The Dallas area is a much larger market than Newark. A larger market creates the possibility for more endorsements.
We have the “it’s fate” angle and the money issue tackled, so how about on the ice?
The Dallas Stars have been extremely close to a playoff berth the past two seasons. Adding Parise might be that little push that gets the Stars into the playoffs for the first time since the 2007-2008 season.
Looking at the current Stanley Cup matchup is proof that just getting into the postseason is enough to make a run. Parise captains the sixth-seeded Devils and is helping to make a push against the eight-seeded Los Angeles Kings.
A lot of the individual talent on the current Stars roster is young. Loui Eriksson is 26 years old and Jamie Benn turns 23 years old this offseason.
If Michael Ryder can put a repeat of last year on the table, it could give the top three lines a lot of offensive potential.
With this commitment to youth the Stars have shown in the last few years, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Parise with a shot at getting the captain’s "C" stitched back onto his sweater.
Brenden Morrow turns 34 years old this season, so his time in Dallas is closer to its end than its beginning. If the Stars can take the "C" away from Mike Modano, I don’t see why they couldn’t take it from Morrow.
The problem will be getting Parise away from the New Jersey Devils.
He already has the title of captain, they are playing for the Stanley Cup and it is the only franchise he has played for.
If the Devils don’t get a deal done before the free agent frenzy, look for the Stars to be major players.
The worst case scenario is that Dallas will drive up the price for another team, which creates less competition for the remaining players on the market.