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The Presence Of Parise


The Devils were able to sit back and let out of a sigh of relief the other day. Zach Parise, their always reliable left-winger was signed to a one-year deal. This also means that the Devils and Parise will not have to enter an arbitrational hearing. During this upcoming season, the Devils will be doing their best to sign him to a long term contract to keep him in a Devils sweater.

Parise is an overlooked member of this New Jersey Devils team. The injury to his knee, which required surgery, limited him to 13 games, and it seemed as if everyone forgot he was around, or still a member of the team. Sure, you had Ilya Kovalchuk and his one-hundred million dollar contract and Brodeur’s timeless goaltending abilities to still gaze upon, but Parise has been the heart and soul of this team for many seasons, and his numbers will prove to you how this is true.

From the 2005 to 2009 season, Parise missed three games. In his first full season with the Devils in 05’ he finished with 32 points. The next season he accumulated 62 points. Nearly double the amount of points from one season to the next. His best season came in 08’ where he finished with 94 points. For a player who to me seems overlooked, these numbers should tell everyone different. Not to mention, Parise hustles to every puck, and is not afraid to stand in front of the net to try to screen a goalie. The Devils would be foolish to see Parise go if they cannot agree on a multi-year deal within this coming season. Oh yeah, did I mention he is still only 27? He has plenty of good years left in the tank. With the un-Devils like season that the team just endured, they need the big names ready and healthy to play in the Prudential Center this year to draw the crowd back inside.

The pieces of the puzzle are there for the Devils. They have a reliable, but aging goalie in Brodeur, forwards with the ability score at the drop of a hat in Kovalchuk and Elias, and a reliable blue line lead by workhorse Andy Greene. With the addition of Parise back into the lineup, the Devils have the ability to enter back into the playoff hunt. The Devils also have a wildcard in Adam Larsson, their number four overall pick in this year’s draft. If he is NHL ready this year, that only further benefits the team. If he needs a season or two in Albany, that won’t hurt either.

Let me know what you think. How do you view Parise in the Devils organization?

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I doubt there is single Devils fan or member of the Devils organization who “overlooks” Parise.  Nor is Andy Greene thought of as the leader or workhorse of the blueline.  He’s been wildly inconsistent over the course of his career.

But maybe the view is different through orange-coloured glasses?

Posted by RC from Canada on 08/03/11 at 01:36 AM ET


I agree completely, David. Parise is a beast and NJ has to do everything they can to get him under contract long term. I’ve never understood why this guy doesn’t get more play from the media. His numbers speak for themselves and as you point out, he works his tail off. I’d absolutely love to see him wearing a Wings sweater, I can tell you that!

Posted by godblender on 08/03/11 at 01:41 AM ET


Rc- since the arrival of kovalchuk you would never know anybody else actually plays for the Devils. It is actually blatantly obvious when you attend a game. As for Greene, I believe he has missed four games in the past two seasons. I’ll call that a workhorse, you can call it as you please. Also, 60 points in the past two years isn’t exactly what I would call inconsistent for a defenseman, but I digress.

Godblender- your right, he would be a steal for any team to have if the Devils and him could not reach a deal for whatever reason.

Thanks for reading!

Posted by David Pavlak on 08/03/11 at 02:10 AM ET


I fail to see how your most important player signing only a 1 year deal that brings him right to free agency allows the devils to breathe a “sigh of relief”. 

Also, “Reliable blueline led by Andy Greene”? Who?  I gotta say that one was good for a laugh.  Devils blueline is one of the worst in the east at this point and time.

Posted by foxhound from ny on 08/03/11 at 11:01 AM ET

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While Parise is undoubtedly one of the team’s most valuable players, regardless of his monetary compensation, he is certainly not overlooked as an elite player for this club. Prior to Kovalchuk arriving in the latter stages of the 2010 season, Parise was our go-to guy for all things offensive. In fact, part of the reason for Kovalchuk’s arrival was to take some pressure off Zach and give him some breathing room from the opposition’s top defensive corps. He is clearly deserving of the recently vacated captaincy and has earned the respect of his teammates by the way he plays night in and night out. He is without question the team’s most consistent player when he is healthy! Not to mention his valiant performance during the Vancouver olympics. I can still hear Doc’s crackling voice in my head whenever I think back to Parise’s tying goal in the latter stages of the Gold Medal game.

As for the blueline, Andy Greene has moments of brilliance, but he struggled last season to replicate his performances of previous seasons. Johnny Oduya was a great pairing for him and I have yet to see him elevate his play since his departure to Atlanta (now Winnipeg) in the Kovalchuk trade. This is not to say that he is not capable of some solid defensive (and occasionally offensive) play throughout the course of next season. The Devils have also shown interest in a number of young prospect defensemen. We all know of the hopes the team has for Adam Larsson, but both Jon Merrill and Brandon Burloin from Michigan promise to be NHL mainstays over the course of the next few seasons.

This team definitely has the potential to have success in the upcoming season. I still would like to see the addition of a puck-moving defenseman in the near future, but I trust Lou to take care of “business” as usual. Thanks for reading, and GO DEVILS!

Posted by Hockeymaven on 08/03/11 at 11:26 AM ET


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Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 08/03/11 at 11:43 AM ET

I thought you were making a reference to some biblical dude who flew around on a winged wheel

Posted by steviesteve on 08/03/11 at 03:50 PM ET


Foxhound- the year deal now allows the Devils to work with Parise for a whole season to hammer out a long term deal. Also, for what it’s worth to you, the first thing Lou did when the free agent frenzy began was sign Greene. He obviously sees something in him and with White gone Greene could play an important role. Thanks for reading all! Hope your enjoying.

Posted by David Pavlak on 08/03/11 at 08:11 PM ET

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