After a lost weekend where the Dallas Stars lost back to back games to the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins is embarrassing fashion, co-general managers Les Jackson and Brett Hull made a low risk move to bolster the lineup by signing veteran winger Mark Parrish to a one-year contract.
According to Dallas Morning News beat writer Mike Heika, Parrish will be in Dallas today for a physical, and if he passes, he'll join the team for an on ice practice more or less immediately. Parrish had been playing for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL on a tryout contract, where he had a goal and an assist in three games.
As most of you will recall, Parrish was last seen in Minnesota where the Wild showed him the door just two years into a five-year deal. It didn't take long for the Minnesota native to start chafing under Jacques Lemaire's draconian defensive system, and after a pair of lackluster seasons, the team seemed happy to buy him out and say goodbye.
So what should Stars fans expect from Parrish? He is what he is, which is a gritty forward with good hands who's not afraid to pay the price in close to score garbage goals. In a normal season with productive linemates that usually meant anywhere between 25-30 goals per season. That's a nice upside for a player who has to have some wear left on his tread at only 31, and comes at the bargain price of $500,000 if he sticks with the big club and only $100,000 -- after getting a nice big check from Minnesota in his buyout, Parrish doesn't need the cash right now -- if Dallas sends him back down to the minors.
There's already some indication that Parrish might find himself on a line with Mike Modano -- who apparently made his way to the team's practice facility yesterday to explain his postgame comments on Saturday to teammates -- but as we outlined on Monday morning, helping Modano be more productive hasn't been one of the team's problems thus far. As nifty a player as Parrish can be, he's not going to be much help when it comes to helping Marty Turco get his confidence back, getting the team's defensemen to believe in Turco again and getting the rest of the squad to stop taking stupid penalties they can't seem to kill.