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Devils Disappointed

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

“There’s no question we’re disappointed. It’s a very unfortunate thing when you have a player of his stature that’s come right through the ranks and then, at this given time, a decision is made to go elsewhere,” Lamoriello said today. “You just go forward.”

Lamoriello said the Devils’ offer was competitive to the 13-year, $98 million offer Parise accepted.

“Yes, our offer was competitive. We did not, at any time, have a phone call that we needed to change it or that it had to go up. It was competitive,” the GM said. “There was never a talk about money after our initial meeting in Toronto, where we made our offer. The response was the money we offered would not be the issue.

“We did not get a return call saying the number had to go up. The decision, from what Zach told me, was based upon going home and playing with someone he grew up with. Going home was the real focus. The conversation that he and I had had nothing to do with money or a last offer. It was about his days here with the Devils and some personal comments.”

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The Devils blew this a year ago when they gave all the money to Kovalchuk and only gave Parise one year extension. They knew the risk and lost out because of it. I have no sympathy for the Devils on this one.

Posted by timbits on 07/04/12 at 04:39 PM ET

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I agree timbits, the Devils should know that you can’t always get what you want.

Posted by CatfishTea on 07/04/12 at 04:49 PM ET

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Sympathy for the devil?  LOL Do you think they take a gamble on Semin?  He’s a wild card, but a one year deal loaded with incentives could motivate him.  But sometimes you get what you need.  LOL

Posted by 13 user names on 07/04/12 at 09:13 PM ET

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There’s no question we’re disappointed.

It sounds like Parise made a grown man cry.

Posted by JBytes on 07/04/12 at 09:20 PM ET

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As disappointing as today is for Wings fans, it is obviously much tougher for Devils fans ... losing their captain.

This would have been like losing Yzerman for the Wings.

Posted by w2j2 on 07/04/12 at 10:46 PM ET

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