Wild plan to outbid everyone for Zach Parise
Former Minnesota North Stars general manager Lou Nanne said on KFAN Radio that he believes the Minnesota Wild will outbid everyone for pending free agent forward Zach Parise.
"They [New Jersey] have got to sign some key players, one of which is Parise, and I really don't think they're going to get him signed," Nanne said.
Parise was drafted by the Devils in the first round of the 2003 NHL draft, and he has spent his entire seven-year career in New Jersey. Now, at 27 years old, Parise is set to become the hot ticket signing of the offseason when free agency opens on July 1.
Coming off of a 69-point season (31 goals, 38 assists), Parise has now scored at least 30 goals in five of the last six seasons. Parise, who earned $6 million last season, has expressed some desire to return to the Devils, but when free agency opens it could be the team with the deepest pockets that lands the left winger.
"I don't see how Parise is not coming here," Nanne said. "I can tell you this, no one is going to outbid the Wild. So if Parise goes somewhere else, you can bet he's going for less money."