First FanPost, here goes..
So, I put hypothetical in the title because I know its highly unlikely (so please don't throw things at me).
But let's say the devils continue to play well and get breaks, and we have a real shot at making the playoffs. Say we are a couple weeks away from the end of the season, and Parise has been cleared for practice and seems ready to play.
Do we play him? Is the glorious playoff comeback worth the risk of Parise taking on too much at once? I know most people agreed he should sit out the season if we can't make the playoffs anyway. But what if we could?
I say we don't rush him in, even if we have a shot at the playoffs.. We'll need him for our comeback season in 2011-2012.