Ryan Suter: Penguins Smart to Pursue Defenseman and Free Agent Zach Parise

June 23rd, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »

The Pittsburgh Penguins might not be done making major roster acquisitions after a busy draft weekend for the team.

According to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Penguins are looking at the possibility of signing Zach Parise as a free agent and acquiring Ryan Suter’s negotiating rights.

I can’t imagine the Penguins adding both of these players, but signing one of them could certainly be a possibility.

Pittsburgh is one or two moves away from being the best team in the NHL again. These moves don’t have to be major signings in free agency; they just need to plug the small number of holes on the roster.

One of those holes, as Rossi mentions above, is finding Crosby a winger. The Penguins need more firepower on the wings, and they cannot rely on James Neal to dominate offensively like he did this season.

Parise would be the perfect winger for Crosby because he always puts himself in a great position to receive passes, whether he’s in the neutral zone or the offensive zone, and he can keep up with Crosby because of his speed and high motor.

The Devils captain is also a physical player and forechecks very well, which would add another dimension to a Penguins forward group that doesn’t have many players who excel at playing a heavy style of hockey.

If Pittsburgh were to sign Suter, they would then change their blue line from a weakness into a great strength. Suter is the shutdown defenseman that the Penguins need, especially when you consider that they play in an Atlantic division that is full of teams with quality goal scorers.

Adding Parise or Suter to their team next season would instantly make the Penguins the favorites to win the Stanley Cup.


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