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Report: Boston went after Zach Parise

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NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 15: Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils controls the puck against Ryan Wilson #44 of the Colorado Avalanche during the game on March 15, 2012 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

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Here’s an interesting story regarding the now-completed Zach Parise sweepstakes -- according to the Boston Globe, the Bruins were actively courting the 27-year-old winger:

From The Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa:

Before accepting Minnesota’s contract, Parise received a significant offer from the Bruins, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. It is unknown how closely Boston’s bid approached Minnesota’s.

At first glance, the paragraph almost doesn’t make sense. The Bruins are pressed right against the salary cap ceiling (Capgeek has them at $69.9 million) with close to $40 million locked into forwards.

But then again...

The Bruins could clear $5 million in space if they were to trade Tim Thomas and another $4 million by putting Marc Savard on long-term injured reserve.

That’s where things would get interesting, because in 2013-14 Boston starts to see some contracts come off the books. Nathan Horton’s a UFA while Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask and Tyler Seguin are all RFAs -- ergo, adding a significant long-term, big-money contract would (theoretically) become more feasible.

Anyway, it’s all speculation and hypotheticals now because Parise’s inked with Minnesota. But that said...if the Bruins were indeed angling for Parise, perhaps they’re in on other big fish *cough* Rick Nash *cough* as well.

(Yeah, I know the Bruins aren’t on Rick Nash’s rumored “approved list.” Don’t let that get in the way of some good hotstove banter.)