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Martin Brodeur is staying with the Devils. 2 years / 9 millions. Great news for the Devils fans and that franchise.— Renaud P Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) July 2, 2012
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
There will be no sad songs sung for Martin Brodeur if ownership’s perilous state makes it necessary for the franchise goaltender to leave his franchise behind. He will make millions elsewhere, everyone understands that.
Still, if the 40-year-old career Devil does leave New Jersey, then Jeff Vanderbeek and his obviously underfinanced ownership will have perpetrated a betrayal of the fan base well beyond the scope of which the Wilpons have ever been accused.
The story is yet to be written in finality. Perhaps there is less to Brodeur hiring agent Pat Brisson on Friday than meets the eye. Perhaps this is Brodeur — coming off one of the great romanticized runs in Stanley Cup history, during which he twisted Battle of the Hudson history New Jersey’s way 18 years later — reminding ownership he is not to be taken for granted.
But that’s not likely. The fact is, this was an extreme step taken by Brodeur, who has operated without an agent and has negotiated his own contracts with president and general manager Lou Lamoriello since 1995, when he engaged in a bitter training camp holdout while represented by Gilles Lupien months after the Devils’ first Stanley Cup victory.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Defenseman Bryce Salvador would like to remain a Devil, but understands that he’ll have to wait his turn while general manager Lou Lamoreillo figures out what’s going on with captain Zach Parise and goaltender Martin Brodeur.
At the same time, though, Salvador is less than 48 hours away from being able to field offers as an unrestricted free agent.
“I think I’m third in line,” Salvador told me today. “We’ll see what happens with Zach and Marty first. There’s interest from both us and them, but there’s other things they have to figure out first. So, we’ll just kind of see how it plays out. It’s going to be an interesting next couple of days.”
via Michael Russo tweets,
Just talked to Parise. His agents are still talking to #njdevils, so no guarantee yet he becomes a free agent Sunday (cond)
If Parise becomes free agent, he said it’s possible teams would meet w him at his agents’ offices starting Sun. (ala Richards)
Re: Suter, talked to Neil Sheehy 2 days ago. He’ll be in Intl. Falls; Suter at farm in Wisconsin. Mtgs won’t happen Sunday
Back to Parise, after talking to couple teams, nobody’s been given ground rules on where/when to meet. That could happen later today
via Darren Dreger tweet,
Martin Brodeur very likely to test free agent market. Brodeur has hired Pat Brisson (CAA) to represent him. Bidders get ready!
added 10:57am, via TSN,
Brodeur, an unrestricted free agent on Sunday, has hired player agent Pat Brisson to represent him and might be ready to test his value on the open market.
The 40-year-old netminder has had limited conversation with the Devils on a new deal and though he could still re-sign with the only NHL team he’s played for, his new agent says he will entertain offers from other teams if an agreement is not reached at the beginning of the free agent period.
“He will be testing free agency if a deal is not in place by Sunday,” Brisson told TSN on Friday.
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
For the Flyers, the bad news coming out of Pittsburgh on Thursday was that superstar Sidney Crosby had signed a 12-year, $104.4 million extension, a cap hit of $8.7 million _ the same as this season.
It’s bad news because Crosby, arguably the NHL’s best player when healthy, probably could have gotten a shorter deal….and more money per season.
By stretching out the contract, the Penguins have plenty of cap space for some moves, and it appears they will not be outbid for the best free agent on the free-agent market, Devils left winger Zach Parise.
You know, the guy the Flyers (and many others) covet.
Crosby and Parise have been close friends for several years. Crosby even shared a suite with Parise’s family at the Stanley Cup Finals.
If you connect the dots, it seems a good bet that they will be on the same line together next season.
via Darren Dreger tweet,
Hearing Adam Oates new head coach in Wash.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have named Adam Oates the team’s head coach, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
“We are very pleased to name Adam Oates as the new head coach of the Washington Capitals,” said McPhee. “Adam was a highly intelligent player in the NHL for 19 seasons. He has been an assistant coach in our conference for the past three seasons and is prepared to lead our club as head coach.”
from Tom Gulitti of The Record,
After taking some time to decompress following the Devils’ loss in the Stanley Cup Finals, Parise and his agent, Wade Arnott, plan to discuss strategy Monday and then move forward. Arnott said he expected to talk informally with Lamoriello at the draft, but nothing formal will happen until after that Monday strategy session.
That leaves plenty of time for Lamoriello to re-sign his captain before he is free to field offers from other teams – if that’s what he wants. Parise has repeatedly said his first choice is to remain a Devil, but, being so close to July 1, he might be curious to hear what others think of him.
It could be a once-in-a-career opportunity. Patrik Elias did it in 2006 and, after flirting with the Rangers, re-signed with the Devils. So, going to July 1 wouldn’t guarantee that Parise is a goner.
Regardless of what’s been written about the team’s financial situation — some of it true, some of it false — expect the Devils to make Parise a competitive offer. That won’t be enough, though.
from Josh Yohe and Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
The Penguins won a Stanley Cup with Jordan Staal and may try to reclaim it with Zach Parise….
The Penguins expect to reach a long-term extension with center Sidney Crosby this summer and want to give him a fixture at wing throughout the prime years of his career, a team source said.
Crosby and Parise played together at Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep school in Minnesota and remain close friends. They attended Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final in Los Angeles.
Parise, 27, has scored 30 goals in each of his past five healthy seasons with the New Jersey Devils. He has scored 194 goals in 502 career games.
read on for more with the Penguins…
NEW YORK (June 22, 2012) – The New Jersey Devils will host the 2013 NHL Draft at Prudential Center in Newark and the Philadelphia Flyers will host the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the National Hockey League announced today.
The 2013 NHL Draft, scheduled for June 28-29, will be the first ever held in the New York City metropolitan area.
Philadelphia also will be a first-time host of the NHL Draft.
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