Report: Stanley Cup champion Kings will target Devils captain Zach Parise

Wednesday June 13th, 2012

Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun writes that the newly crowned Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings already have a plan in place to defend their title: the signing of New Jersey Devils winger Zach Parise. "The captain of the New Jersey Devils is No. 1 on their off-season shopping list," Simmons writes. "They want Parise, as do many teams, and they want him badly."

It's unclear if Simmons has a source for this intel or if he is just connecting the dots, but he gives a plausible explanation as to why Parise might be interested in the cross-country move.

While Parise has yet to speak openly about his future, the word that has filtered down to NHL general managers is that his No. 1 consideration in choosing a location next year is finding a team that just won’t challenge for the Stanley Cup next year, but will challenge every year.

The Kings, Simmons writes, will return much of their roster next season and are $16 million under the salary cap, setting them up for a long run.

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