It hasn’t been a secret that the market for impending unrestricted free agent Zach Parise would be very competitive. Offensively, he is without a doubt the most sought after free agent and the type of player that really no team can have too much of.
Heading into the offseason it also hasn’t been a secret that the Wings have plenty of money to spend with the departures of guys like Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart adding to the notion that they will be huge players for Parise.
The Wings’ biggest competition for Parise appears to be coming from the Minnesota Wild who also plan on making a big push for the talented forward.
Here’s an excerpt from 1500ESPN.com…
Former North Stars president and general manager Lou Nanne confirmed as much on Tuesday during his weekly appearance on “Reusse and Mackey” on 1500 ESPN. Nanne said that after talking to Wild owner Craig Leipold last week he believes, “the Wild are going to throw the kitchen sink” at the winger in order to land him. … “I think there’s a good chance he ends up in Minnesota, because I don’t see anybody in the National Hockey League willing to give as much to Parise as the Wild are going to be willing to give.”
One thing that needs to be kept in mind here too is competitiveness. Parise came extremely close to winning a Stanley Cup this year and you would have to think that hunger for a title would be even greater next season. Money aside (which the Wings have plenty to spend as well) does Minnesota really give him (Parise) the best chance to capture a Stanley Cup?