If I was Parise and wanted to win a Stanley Cup, where would I go?
Pittsburgh has Crosby and Malkin. That top line would be a killer. On top of that, I have a cup winning goalie on the back end, and a solid defensive core.
Seems like a very easy decision. Pittsburgh is much closer to a stanley cup right now than Detroit is.
The Pens are coming off a monumental meltdown. They don't play D. MAF was shredded by the Flyers. Parise would be living in the shadows of Crosby and Malkin. He'd essentially be replacing J. Staal as the resident workhorse who does 80% of the forward unit's defensive work and gets no credit. And we can offer more $-wise. And I feel like I've said this 35,000 times now. Sorry for that. But for the life of me, I don't know why so many people seem to think the Pens are a near sure-thing.
Pens are coming off a meltdown. They don't play D. MAF was ripped to pieces by the Flyers. Parise would essentially be replacing Staal as a third-fiddle workhorse who does an assload of work and gets very little credit for it. We have an edge in terms of what we can offer $-wise.
I'll be very surprised if Parise signs with the Pens.
So would Parise and Datsyuk, difference is Datsyuk doesn't have soup for brains! Nor does he dive all over the place, nor does he start things and run away... Parise can either play with a Man or play with a weaselly crybaby who is one hit away form missing another 60 games...It's his choice.
The difference is, in a word, defense. Crosby has no d-game; Datsyuk wins Selkes.