The Islanders traded away Mark Parrish along with Brent Sopel to the LA Kings a few years back in return for Jeff Tambellini and Denis Grebeshkov. That year he missed a chunk of the season to a high ankle sprain but in 57 games with the Islanders he managed to put up 24 goals and 41 points, contributing as one of our more consistent forwards despite him being one of the streakiest to ever wear and Islanders jersey.
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According to Chris Botta's blog, Parrish has agreed to a 25 game try-out with the Islanders Bridgeport affiliate. This has to garnish some excitement from Isles fans. He cannot be cited as the only reason or even the main reason as to why our power play has suffered over the years, but his presence in front of the opposition's net has been greatly missed.
I remember after Parrish was traded they tried showing Hunter tapes of the work that Parrish would do in front of the net on the power play. Hunter has the size to cause a lot of traffic and problems for net minders, but no one has done it as well as Parrish. Many say he's one of the best when it comes to hand-eye coordination. I couldn't believe some of the re-directions that he'd make while sprawling to the ice after being cross checked by a defenceman.
But he rarely scored a goal anywhere farther than five feet in front of the net, and that remained as a problem for him in his hometown of Minnesota, only notching 39 and 30 points in his respective two seasons with the Wild. Unfortunately for many players like Parrish, when they leave the team they had played well for over the course of many years, they have a real hard time establishing themselves elsewhere since they have a high-paying contract to live up too.
If he enters our line-up and proves himself worthy of playing time, I would gladly welcome him back to Long Island. Our power play could use him. There's no question we could use a few more garbage goals on a team that has trouble scoring. There isn't a lot of room for him on our roster, but I would hope the Isles would waive someone like Andy Hilbert in order to make room for Parrish while leaving the young guys in tact. Hilbert puts forth a great effort every night that he plays but he simply does not have the offensive fire power that he showed in the minors or with Pittsburgh - plus he was playing with Crosby, who honestly wouldn't suddenly look amazing when playing next to him?
Parrish wouldn't be an answer to our prayers or some sort of a godsend, but he would help one of the most important facets of the game.
With a team low on scoring talent, we should take any form of help we can get.
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