The New York Islanders have officially signed forward Zach Parise.
GM Lou Lamoriello just has to register his contract with the NHL. He’s got his Isles breezers and is heading to NY for good later this month.
— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) September 1, 2021
Zach Parise Joins The Islanders
It is a new chapter in the career of Zach Parise. After being bought out by the Minnesota Wild, Parise is going to the Islanders. There he will be looking to chase a Stanley Cup. The Minnesota native signed an identical 13-year deal worth $98 million with the Wild back in 2012 along with Ryan Suter. Parise played a vital role in the Wild’s success during that run. They made the playoffs every year except two, but could never get past the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Some years the Wild did not get past the first round. When Parise was healthy, he was a useful player for the Wild. Towards the end of his tenure in Minnesota, Parise was often injured and his play fell off. Especially last season. But after recovering from his back injury Parise put up solid numbers in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.
However, the last season Parise and the Wild had a falling out. He was healthy scratched a lot and only recorded 18 points (seven goals and 11 assists) in 45 games. Parise was originally drafted 17th overall in the first round of the 2003 NHL Draft. For his career, Parise has recorded 810 points (393 goals and 417 assists) in 1060 regular-season games in over 16 NHL seasons. Parise has added another 80 points (37 goals and 43 assists) in 105 playoff games.
Parise is still a capable player in the NHL especially if he is put in the right situation. He is no longer a top-six winger in the league. But he can add depth to a contending team that needs that extra punch needed during playoff time. Even though he has not won a Stanley Cup, he was in the final once with New Jersey in 2012. So he knows what it takes to win. The team getting Parise should not expect anything more than a 15-20 goal scorer anymore. He will be ideal for a third-line role and if needed can move to the second line if there is an injury.
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