So, we already know that Parise has confirmed that he signed a deal (again, thank you Michael Russo for that one). And that alone is about as good as an official release from the team announcing the contract. But seeing Parise in Islanders gear makes it more real.
Parise spotted wearing New York Islanders gear
In case you aren’t on Twitter or haven’t yet seen what I’m talking about here’s Russo’s tweet with a few pictures of Parise dressed head-to-toe in Isles gear.
Remember a few weeks ago when everyone was trying to discern what color Parise’s gloves were at Da Beauty League because it kind of looked like Islanders colors? There is no debate this time. He’s wearing blue and orange gear.
So now we continue to wait for the official announcement from the team that the signing is done. Because while we know he will be an Islander in 2021-22, we don’t yet know how long that contact is for and what the cap hit is. Don’t expect that information soon. Lou is trying to hide that information from other teams until he has to prove to the NHL he’s under the cap ceiling at the start of the regular season.
Parise will be a huge upgrade for the Islanders third line. The 37-year-old vet isn’t the same player he was at his peak, but he’s still an effective winger and goal threat. He’s just two years removed from a 25 goal season (12 of those on the power play).
His 60 goals since 2018-19 rank 65th in the league next to guys like Logan Couture, Dylan Larkin, Brady Tkachuk, and Anders Lee. Again, he’s certainly lost a step, but adding a guy who is on the same lelve as those players for what could be a league-minimum deal (laced with performance bonuses) is a huge get.