Dreadful puns aside, all is well for Scott Parse who has entered training camp with something to prove for the 2011-12 season. The 27-year-old is entering the final year of his contract but before being prouctive, he has to first stay healthy.
Last season, Parse was limited to just five games after being forced to go under under the knife to repaired an injured hip. After most of the regular season and all summer to recuperate, Parse is back and says that his hip is 100 percent.
In camp, Parse is playing on the third line with Jarret Stoll and Kyle Clifford so he seems to be making his time on the ice worthwhile as the Kings prepare for their first two pre-season games tomorrow when half the team hosts Phoenix and the other half will be in Phoenix.
With the additions of Ethan Moreau and Trent Hunter, Parse has his work cut out for him as he has someone ready to step in should Parse's hip not to be up-to-par for the start of the regular season.
The bottom line is that Scott Parse is back, looking healthy and from the sounds of it, he feels great, too. Parse is hoping to give his best and crack the Kings' regular lineup and why not? I'd love to see him as a regular in the lineup.
Although it's not the same sport, I'd compare him to David Eckstein of the 2002 World Champion Anaheim Angels. Like the underrated and undersized Eckstein, he was the X factor (or, more accurately, the "Ecks" factor) for the Angels nine years earlier. Could Parse have the same impact for the Kings? I certainly think so.
Having said that, maybe Scott Parse could learn a new trade at the shortstop position but for now, let's take this thing one step at a time.