Yesterday, the New York Islanders announced a bunch of signings including Kyle Palmieri, Anthony Beauvillier, Ilya Sorokin, and Casey Cizikas. One player who has been rumored to be signed for a while now, Zach Parise, did not make the list.
Why did Lou Lamoriello choose not to announce likely the cheapest of the four deals (projected one-year $750,000)? Nobody knows, but Zach Parise did confirm to Michael Russo that he has agreed to terms with the Islanders.
Parise, who spent the first seven years of his career with the Devils will reunite with Lou Lamoriello and after a nine-year gap. Last season in Minnesota he had 18 points (7 goals, 11 assists) in just 45 games.
While the goal did drop off, the two years prior he had 25 goals and 28 goals in his age 34 and 35 season. One would expect Parise to be a depth player on this Islanders team, likely playing alongside JG Pageau and Oliver Wahlstrom on the third line.
His seven goals were down from years gone by when looking at the rotation of Michael Dal Colle, Leo Komarov, and Ross Johnston he should provide veteran stability to a unit that lacked it on the left side.
Also, Parise has more offensive upside than any of those three players who filled the role last year which should help JG Pageau and Oliver Wahlstrom with their offensive production.
Expect the official announcement to come shortly, but Parise will be in training camp with the Islanders in just a few short weeks. Michael Dal Colle and Travis Zajac shouldn’t be too far behind either.