Zach Parise’s value, commentary on the Rangers and Devils head coaches, update on the Conference Final ratings, comparing Brodeur and Lundqvist, and more.


Is Zach Parise a risky investment?

BACKHAND SHELF/NHLNUMBERS.COM: Justin Bourne believes Zach Parise is worth spending money on, while “Eric T.” argues he’d be a risky investment. Both make compelling arguments. Ultimately, someone – either Devils management or a rival GM – will decide he’s worth the bucks, as well as the gamble.

BACKHAND SHELF: Daniel Wagner wonders if coach John Tortorella’s habit of benching his struggling offensive players (Marian Gaborik, Michael Del Zotto) is hurting the NY Rangers.

PUCK DADDY: Well-known Devils homer Greg Wyshynski explains why Pete DeBoer’s philosophy and rivalry with Tortorella has defined the New Jersey Devils playoff run.

IN LOU WE TRUST: Kevin Sellathamby examines Patrik Elias’ performance this spring.

PUCK THE MEDIA: Steve Lepore reports the NHL Conference Finals ratings on NBC are down this year.

DEFENDING BIG D: Brad Gardner examines if it would be worthwhile for the Dallas Stars to re-sign pending UFA blueliner Sheldon Souray.

THE COPPER AND BLUE: Derek Zona wonders what Sam Gagner has to do to finally keep Oilers fans happy. Perhaps netting more than 40 points per season would do the trick?

DOWN GOES BROWN: Comparing Martin Brodeur and Henrik Lundqvist, with hilarious consequences.