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Kane eliminates the Wild

The Minnesota Wild certainly played well in forcing the Blackhawks to six games and an overtime period, but Patrick Kane scoring in overtime has become something of a team-killing cliche. With Ryan Suter chasing his check behind the net and Jonas Brodin engaging in a "fly-by," Matt Cooke needed to try to neutralize Kane as a weird bounce off the back-boards got Ilya Bryzgalov moving, and Cooke whiffed, while Kane did not:

The result? A 2-1 OT win for Chicago, who will wait for the winner of the Ducks-Kings series in the Western Conference Finals, and all of one playoff-winning round for Craig Leipold and his $196 million investment in Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, though it's assumed that it's all but inevitable that Austrian-turned-Minnesotan Thomas Vanek will sign with the Wild this summer (as ESPN's Craig Custance suggests in an Insider-only entry). I wonder what excuse Leipold will use if or when he tries to lock out the players and fans again?

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Let’s all feel special because the Suter-and-Parise signings are ‘paying off’ for the Wild

Given that 1. One Craig Leipold's pals in the media penned a set of "feeler" articles stating that he would not be out-bid for Ryan Suter and Zach Parise's services, given that 2. Leipold signed the players to lockout-proof contracts and then complained about player costs hampering his business, while he played one of the pivotal owners' roles during the third owners' lockout, and given that 3. the Pioneer Press's Charley Walters posited what is sure to be the first of several, "Leipold won't be out-bid on Vanek, either" not-quite-collusion "feelers"...

I'm not exactly a fan of the warm fuzzies written about a man who spent $196 million on two players and then decided to lament the spending practices of the other guys...

But the "warm fuzzies" continue to flow, and the Star-Tribune's Patrick Reusse spoke with Leipold about the concept that signing Suter and Parise was a community as well as a business decision:

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Video- Zach Parise Booed In His Return To New Jersey

via Tom Gulitti tweets,

Loud boos for Parise being announced in starting lineup.

Boos for Parise every time he touches the puck.

You can watch an example below...

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Zach Parise Returns To New Jersey Tonight

from Randy Miller of NJ.com,

As happy as Zach Parise has been playing for the Minnesota Wild since leaving the Devils two summers ago - and it appears he's loving life playing close to home - there's so much he misses about his first NHL stop.

His misses his old teammates.

His misses his old fans.

His misses being in a place where he grew up on and off the ice playing for a super strict Hall of Fame boss, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello.

"Lou runs a really tight ship there," Parise told reporters. "People have heard the stories — no facial hair, no taping over the stripes on your socks, no jerseys tucked. There's a lot of things.

"It's all about being a team and not one person sticking out in front of anybody else. They really teach you about being a good teammate and being a professional. Everything is first class. They do a good job, when you're a young player especially, [teaching you] what it takes to play in the league and how to be a pro."

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Zach Parise Named Team USA Captain

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Zach Parise (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Wild/University of North Dakota), who served as an alternate captain for the silver medal-winning 2010 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, has been named captain of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team it was announced today by USA Hockey. Parise is in his second season as an alternate captain with the National Hockey League's Minnesota Wild.

The XXII Olympic Winter Games will be held Feb. 7-23 in Sochi, Russia. The United States plays Slovakia in its first game Feb. 13.

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After Missing 14 Games, Zach Parise Returns Tonight Against Chicago

from Kent Youngblood at Russo's Rants,

Parise said he’s confident the foot has healed, that there is no risk of re-injuring it simply by playing. He also said he feels worlds better than the first time he returned and tried to play through the injury. “It’s night and day how much better I feel,” he said. “That’s a good sign. It still hurts a little bit at times. It gets sore after {skating]. But it feels better than it did before when I was playing. The biggest test will be playing in a game.’’

Wild coach Mike Yeo said he and his staff will monitor Parise closely. Parise is not necessarily on a minutes limit, but Yeo will keep track of how he’s playing and where his conditioning is.

“No. 1, we want him on the ice,” Yeo said. “We have to get him back in there, and we wouldn’t be putting him in the lineup if he wasn’t ready. …  We’ll monitor it as far as how he’s doing conditioning-wise and how he looks out there. But we have to get him out there and back to playing his best hockey.’’...

“He’s going to help us with puck possession, which will help us get more pucks to the net,” Yeo said. “The way he hounds pucks, his work ethic, his skill level, executing, his skill level? We’re talking about a guy who consistently puts five-plus shots on the board. For a team that’s been having a tough time getting shots, that’s enormous.’’

more including a picture of Parise wearing the official Team USA apparel.  As Younblood notes, the hockey team will miss both the opening and closing ceremonies at Sochi.

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Update On Zach Parise’s Foot Injury

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Zach Parise continues to work hard off the ice but is not allowed to be on it. I don’t think we’re going to see him for awhile. I don’t know what awhile means, but I hear the latest MRI he had showed a fracture in his foot that didn’t show up the first time around.

Typically stress fractures take four to six weeks. Knowing Parise, it won’t take that long and this shouldn’t affect his Olympic status, but coach Mike Yeo has changed his tune the past few days and stopped calling it day-to-day.

“We’ve got to keep him off the ice until it starts to feel better and then we might have to keep him off a little bit longer,” Yeo said this morning. “We just have make sure he gets a full opportunity to heal. It’s a long season and we need him to have the opportunity to go out and perform and compete at the level that he’s capable of.

“He’s been really grinding it out there. He’s such a competitor, he wants to be in the lineup and it’s been extremely difficult for him. We have to give him a lot of credit for that, but at the same time, we’ve got to make sure he gets better."

more on the Wild...

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Bad Foot May Force Zach Parise Out Of The Lineup

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

The Wild hasn't confirmed, but my educated guess is Parise will miss an uncertain amount of games with his lower-body injury that I assume is an aggravation of the injured foot he has been playing on for more than three weeks.

For a team that lacks confidence and has 22 goals in the past 15 games and must dig deep and figure out a way to stop the bleeding and climb back into the top-8, Parise's absence comes out a bad time.

Parise blocked a shot by Alex Steen on Nov. 25. Coincidentally - or maybe not, the Wild is 5-9-1 since and 1-7-1, including that game in St. Louis, on the road since.

Parise was supposed to miss two to three weeks because of the bum foot but instead missed one game because he felt he could play through the injury and because of how difficult a stretch of games the Wild had coming up.

Commendable, but Parise was clearly playing through pain and the last week to 10 days, his off-ice limp was getting more and more pronounced. You could see it on the ice, too.

My educated guess is Parise will now need to stay off the foot for a little while so it doesn't linger any longer. How long? No clue, but this time doctors may have more say than Parise.

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Parise May Play Tonight

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Parise arrived at Xcel Energy Center this morning in a walking boot and was expected to miss two to three weeks with a bruised foot. But around 10 a.m., Parise went on the ice in a track suit and tested the foot. He looked tentative as he pushed off. He left the ice after five minutes.

Twenty minutes later, he emerged for the morning skate much to the delight of his teammates. During line rushes, he took his spot on the Parise-Mikko Koivu-Charlie Coyle line. That is an indication he will play tonight.

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added 12:06pm,

 

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Parise Out 2-3 Weeks With Bruised Foot

 

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Zach Parise Injured Last Night

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Parise was nailed on the instep of his left foot when he blocked Alex Steen’s one-timer on a first-period penalty kill.

Parise struggled to the bench and was late arriving to the game in the second period. He returned and it was clear his first hop of the boards that he wasn’t feeling the greatest. Still, he battled through three shifts, drew a penalty and played almost every second of a power play before leaving the game for good.

Parise emerged in the locker room after the game in just a dress sock. He was limping, but he said he didn’t know how bad it was and that he’ll wait to find out after seeing doctors and getting x-rays, an MRI, etc., on Tuesday.

“When a guy like Zach gets hurt, it’s always concerning because he’s a top-notch player and brings an awful lot more than just scoring goals," coach Mike Yeo said. "But I do think we’re a deep enough team and have enough character that we should be able to battle through it. But certainly it’ll be a challenge.”

more on the Minnesota loss to St. Louis...

Below, watch Parise taking the shot off of his foot and also in the video, the no-goal call against Parise...

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Astute hockey fans, IceThetics reveal Minnesota Wild’s new road jerseys

Chris from IceThetics.info scours the net for news about hockey jerseys, and he's followed the Carolina Hurricanes and San Jose Sharks' jersey tweaks, the Dallas Stars' rebranding and now the Buffalo Sabres and Minnesota Wild's teasers regarding a third jersey and new road jersey, respectively.

The Wild were supposed to unveil their road jerseys at the Minnesota State Fair today, but two astute folks on Twitter, Andrew Heil and Dan Stefaniak, let both IceThetics and Chris Creamer's SportsLogos.net know that the Wild posted a photo gallery of their new road jerseys (worn by Zach Parise and Josh Harding) a few hours early.

Chris already has a blog post up on the jerseys, but if you're interested, here's what the Wild's gallery depicts (no more shoulder-and-sleeve piping or "furry"-font numbers):

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Video- The Oh So Close Non-Goal By Zach Parise

Zach Parise will never come closer to scoring a goal than this.  What a stick swoop by Mark Giordano.

 

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A New Beginning In Minnesota And New York

from Michale Ruso of the Star Tribune,

Parise and Suter will slip on Iron Range-red jerseys for the first time and make their Wild debuts against Colorado on Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center, in a fitting end to Hockey Day Minnesota.

"It's been a long time of nothing since all that excitement, and now that we're finally here, it's kind of surreal," said Suter. "I just got goose bumps thinking about walking down that tunnel.

"This is where we can hopefully spend the rest of our careers and have a lot of success. It's the first of many games. Finally."

Thanks to the addition of Parise and Suter, there have been grandiose predictions.

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from Katie Strang of ESPN NewYork,

"I spent the last four or five years as a captain for Columbus. My game and my character improved a lot from that," Nash said. "Coming into a team that already had success here, I think it's the perfect time for me to jump in and help out in any way I can."

Unfortunately for Nash, the excitement in beginning anew with the Blueshirts was stalled by a long, bitter lockout that lasted four months. Instead of making his grand Rangers debut in October, Nash shipped off to Switzerland as he awaited the labor standoff to end.

Not an easy task for a player eager to acclimate to his new surroundings.

"He's so anxious. He really wanted to play. I feel bad for him that way. Even moreso than everybody else," teammate Brad Richards told ESPNNewYork.com. "It's a big opportunity for him, and he knows it."

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Evening Line

“You hope it doesn’t go too long, but it’s tough to grasp when you’ve got a guy in Gary Bettman bragging every year that we’re making ‘record revenue, record revenue, record this,’ and all of a sudden they want to take a quarter of what you’ve made away. That doesn’t make sense to anybody. It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in.”

-Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild when asked how long the lockout will last.  More from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants.

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Parise/Suter Press Conference

Streaming of the press conference is scheduled to begin at 1:00pm ET.

You can watch it below…

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How The Wild Signed Parise And Suter

from Michael Russo of t Star Tribune,

Two simple signatures on July 4th reshaped an organization in search of an identity.

But it wasn’t simple to get those pens into the hands of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

Seventy-two hours might not seem like a long time, but when you are the Minnesota Wild and you have invested hard work and hope into landing two of the most targeted free agents in NHL history while competing against powerhouse teams such as Pittsburgh, Detroit, Philadelphia and Chicago for those players, 72 hours felt like 72 days.

There was anxiety. There were sleepless nights. There were times when they lost hope.

“The first two days were extremely stressful,” General Manager Chuck Fletcher said. “I remember thinking well into July 2, ‘We’re out, we’re done, we’re dead in the water, we’ve got to make a trade.’ I didn’t have any feeling that we were a favorite or on the map. I felt we weren’t there.

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Parise Departs New Jersey Without A Ring

from Mark Everson of the NY Post, Not since Kirk Muller, nearly 21 years ago, has a Devils captain departed New Jersey without a Stanley Cup ring, whether won before, during or after his term of office.

By signing with the Wild on Wednesday, Zach Parise has broken that lineage of Bruce Driver (after), Scott Stevens (during), Scott Niedermayer, Patrik Elias and Jamie Langenbrunner (before).

Yet, Parise said he doesn’t feel he left things undone in New Jersey when he went home to Minnesota for 13 years and $98 million.

“I’d hate to say unfinished business. I don’t want to downplay what we did this season. We went from missing the playoffs and three first-round exits to the Stanley Cup Finals,” Parise told The Post Friday.

“We got close, very close. We all played as hard as we could. Only one team wins each year, and we gave ourselves a great chance.”

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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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Wild Make Signing Of Parise And Suter Official

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with free agent left wing Zach Parise and free agent defenseman Ryan Suter on 13-year contracts.

“This is a great day in the history of the Minnesota Wild,” said Fletcher. “We are extremely excited to add the collective skill, experience and character of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to an already promising roster. We view this as a rare opportunity for us to transform our franchise by adding two marquee players, who are both in the prime of their careers, at the same time. I am grateful to Zach and Ryan and I am also thankful for the substantial commitment and support of Craig Leipold throughout this process. This is a huge step forward in our quest to bring a Stanley Cup to the deserving fans of the State of Hockey.”

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Suter Agrees To Terms With Minnesota, Parise May Be Next

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

The Wild has landed its blue-chip defenseman and is working toward landing the big fish, blue-chip forward as well.

After an impressive maneuver Tuesday to get itself in front of free-agent Ryan Suter, the Wild has agreed to terms on a 13-year contract with defenseman Ryan Suter, sources say.

But the Wild’s not done in its attempt to shake a hockey-mad market into a frenzy.

According to sources, the Wild was working on agreeing to terms with Minneapolis-born Zach Parise on a 13-year deal.

If successful, and it appears as if it will be, Parise and Suter are forming a star-studded tandem that can come to Minnesota and perhaps help alter the fortunes of a franchise that has missed the playoffs four consecutive seasons.

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added 12:19pm, via Michael Russo tweet,

#mnwild has agreed to terms on Zach Parise to 13-year deal; Now it’s official. Maybe they’ll announce Winter Classic today for trifecta. ha

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Is Today The Day?

First off, Happy Independence Day to all in the US and elsewhere who call the United States home.

Next, two well respected hockey people have some news for us.

added 8:46am, via ESPN,

Prized free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are expected to decide their futures Wednesday, sources told ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun.

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Want Another Parise And A Bit Of Suter Update?

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Parise Update - Short Edition

I am sure many of you just want a decision from Zach Parise but…

Today Michael Russo found Parise at the airport and to make it short, no decision yet, needs to talks with fiancee which has not yet happened.

More in the numerous Russo tweets.

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Zach Parise Still Undecided

via David Shoalts tweet,

Parise says he will return home tomorrow and discuss things with his family. Would not say which teams in contention but Devils still in mix

update 5:46pm, vi Rich Chere tweets,

Arnott (agent): “...He’s gone back to the hotel to review things with his fiance and family. We expect he’ll now probably be able to come closer…”

Arnott: “...to making a decision maybe some time later tonight. If not, tomorrow morning.”

Arnott says he doesn’t know if they’ll hold off announcing Parise’s decision. “It will depend on how late he makes it.”

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Destinations For Parise And Suter

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The offers were numerous for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter on Sunday, so it should surprise no one that they needed at least a day to collect their thoughts.

Parise got offers from the likes of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Minnesota, Los Angeles, Carolina and Dallas among other teams, while keeping the dialogue open with New Jersey.

By the end of the day, the Stars and Hurricanes said they were out of the Parise mix, the Kings felt they were long shots, while the Red Wings weren’t very confident. It certainly felt like it was down to the Penguins, Devils, Wild and Flyers.

Playing with Sidney Crosby is a big-time allure, but Minnesota also appeals a lot to the Minneapolis native, in my understanding. And you can’t count out New Jersey. The Devils captain told reporters outside Newport Sports’ offices in the Toronto area that he would make a decision Monday.

Suter received offers from the Red Wings, Wild, Flyers, Penguins and Blackhawks among other teams, while Nashville GM David Poile said he was also preparing an offer to try and retain him.

Hard to bet against Detroit here, but I’d keep an eye on Minnesota and Nashville as well.

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Update On Parise

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Zach Parise’s decision will not come until tomorrow. Has narrowed the field to a select group and will decide Monday.

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Parise Would Be A Hero In Minnesota

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

The Wild can’t offer Zach Parise the chance to play alongside Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin the way the Pittsburgh Penguins can. It can’t offer Zach Parise a rich history of winning the way the Detroit Red Wings can.

What the Wild can offer the New Jersey Devils captain and Minnesota native is a chance to play in front of friends and family, to help mold a sizable corps of prospects set to burst onto the scene and to become a hero to a hockey-crazed market salivating for Parise to take his talents to ... the Twin Cities.

Oh, and the Wild can offer Parise a boatload of dough.

The Wild is ready and willing to do everything it possibly can to try to knock Parise’s socks off when free agency opens Sunday morning at 11 (CT).

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The Latest On Parise And Suter

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

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More Parise To Pittsburgh Talk

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.

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The Parise Plan

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.

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Penguins After Parise

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.

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The Bottom Line Question Is Do The Devils Have The Money To Sign Parise?

from Stu Hackel of the Red Light,

The Rangers may be out of Parise’s picture, but 28 other teams will take a hard look, if not a hard run, at securing his name on a contract if they can. “I like the people here. I like the staff and my teammates. I like the area,” Parise said as the Devs cleaned out their lockers on Wednesday. “There’s a lot of good things about this place. I have always liked playing here, that’s never changed. We’ll see where this takes us right now, but this is a great place to play and I love playing here, I love being here.”

It’s the “this” in the “We’ll see where this takes us” that has to concern the Devils Army. And the “this” is the $77 million loan that Devils ownership must repay this summer, as well as the 47 percent share of ownership that one of the Devils partners, Brick City (philanthropist Ray Chambers and his son-in-law, Mike Gilfillan), wants to unload. The problem is that the other partner, Jeff Vanderbeek, has yet to find someone to acquire that 47 percent, money that would go to repaying the debt.

Parise’s deadline comes sooner, however. It’s July 1, the date his contract with the Devils expires and he becomes an unrestricted free agent. He can’t wait around until later this summer to find out if the Devils can raise the money to afford a new pact with him and to continue improving the team.

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Parise Likes It In New Jersey

via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils captain Zach Parise repeated today his desire to re-sign with the team and said even if he does hit the unrestricted free agent market on July 1 there is “no way” he’d sign with the rival Rangers.

“I like the people here,” he said of his remaining a Devil.“I like the staff, my teammates. I like the area. There’s a lot of good things about this place.”

Parise was asked twice about the idea of signing with the Rangers and shot it down both times.

“Don’t try to get a headline out of it,” he warned.

update 1:17pm, More has been added to the story, so if you want to read on, you can click the Fire & Ice link above…

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Parise Is The #1 UFA Target For the LA Kings

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

These Kings have no intention of winning just one Stanley Cup. They want more. And they are not in any kind of salary cap conundrum, the way past winners have found themselves . They won’t have to dish off quality players - or any players really - the way the Chicago Blackhawks did after winning two years ago.

And while they won’t say so because they can’t legally say so, the captain of the New Jersey Devils is No. 1 on their off-season shopping list.

They want Parise, as do many teams, and they want him badly.

Parise fits perfectly into the Kings’ ultra-competitive philosophy, led by general manager Dean Lombardi and his able assistant, Ron Hextall. What they determined on their way to the Stanley Cup was what so many have known already. But until you witness it up close, experience it with your players - that fine line between success and failure often comes down to little more than effort.

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The Kind Of Contract Parise Can Expect

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Whenever the end comes, it will mark the first day of the rest of Parise’s professional life, and unless Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek finds a benefactor by July 1 willing to immediately invest millions into a dramatically front-loaded deal to keep the captain, it’s all but impossible to imagine No. 9 will stay, even if the notion of being a career Devil appeals to him.

There is no other forward on the market comparable to Parise, who has steadfastly refused to engage in discussion about his future. One can expect up to a dozen teams to make serious inquiries on the left wing, who has spent his seven-year NHL career as a Devil.
This all but certainly will be the final summer in which, a) players will be allowed to sign front-loaded contracts with huge signing bonuses that this year will also serve as lockout-protection; and b) players will be permitted to sign contracts without term limits.

Indeed, Parise can expect offers modeled after the nine-year, $60 million contract Brad Richards signed last summer with the Rangers, under which the center is receiving $24 million the first two years, including a $10 million signing bonus last July and an $8 million signing bonus due next month.

Parise, who will turn 28 next month, could attract offers of up to 12 years. He will certainly receive front-loaded, bonus-laden offers from the Rangers and Red Wings, who have millions to spend and the inclination to do so.

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Media Battle

via Jill Painter of Inside the Kings,

There was a big scrum around Devils winger Zach Parise, and Parise almost had to break up a fight between reporters. The two men were jockeying for position with their tape recorder and microphone, respectively, when one yelled ``Stop it!’’ while Parise was talking.

The reporter smacked his notebook against the microphone, then used the spirals to run it down the microphone to impair the sound. Eventually, Parise was hit in the face by the microphone.

``Do we need to start this over?’’ Parise asked the men.

If they were wearing gloves, they would’ve dropped them right there.

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Parise A Wanted Man

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal at Canada.com,

Has there been a hotter ticket than New Jersey Devils forward Zach Parise on the free-agent stage in the last 10 years?

You can see how badly he wants to win, the pistons pumping as he hunts down a loose puck in the neutral zone and sends it into the open net to ensure the Game 5 win for the Devils at Madison Square Garden.

He’s the engine that drives the Devils, with due respect to the big wheel Ilya Kovalchuk, who is much better than I thought he’d ever be when they gave him that lifetime contract as a free agent.

But how can there be room for both players next season and beyond when the Devils ownership is an absolute mess and Parise can easily get $8 million US on the open market?

The Devils have no wiggle room because Elias ($6 million) and Dainius Zubrus ($3.4 million) aren’t unrestricted free agents until July 2013, the same with Marek Zidlicky on defence.

There are four scenarios: Parise stays in New Jersey; he goes to Detroit, where the Red Wings will sell him on playing with Pavel Datsyuk, he slides over to the New York Rangers; or Parise, who turns 28 in July, goes home to suit up for the Minnesota Wild.

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Zach Parise’s Dad Clarifies Comments

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

J.P. Parise issued a statement to the reporters that cover the Devils this evening to clarify his comments today in Newsday, which were portrayed to suggest his son, Zach, - the Devils captain – might sign with the Rangers as an unrestricted free agent this summer.

“I have to say I was extremely disappointed in how my comments were portrayed in today’s newspaper article,” J.P. Parise said. “I would never speak for Zach under any circumstance. He has not talked to me about anything other than the playoffs and we have not discussed anything but the playoffs and that is 100 percent where his focus is right now and I have absolutely no intentions to distract and get things away from his focus right now.”

Zach Parise was unaware of the interview his father did with Newsday until I told him about the article after today’s practice.

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Parise Appears To Be OK After Hit Tonight

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Parise was sandwiched between Laich and Matt Hendricks just outside the Devils’ blue line 9:40 into the second period. Laich got his stick up and made contact with th right side of Parise’s jaw in a collision that Parise and Devils coach Pete DeBoer both thought was unintentional.

“I thought it was an accident.” DeBeor said. “I know Brooks Laich and he’s not a dirty player. So, I’m sure it was accidental.”

“I saw the replay and he didn’t see me coming and kind of last minute he put his hands up to protect himself and got me right in the face,” Parise said. “He just apologized to me after. It wasn’t intentional. It was just an accident.”

Parise said Laich, “just said, ‘Sorry, I would never do something like that.’ I told him I didn’t think it was intentional. I knew it wasn’t intentional, but it was nice of him to apologize for it. I told him it was no problem. I wasn’t mad at him for doing it or anything. But it was a nice gesture.”

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Devils Coach Says Parise Is Not Going Anywhere

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

There hasn’t been much speculation about Devils captain Zach Parise being traded before next Monday’s NHL deadline (at least not by anyone informed), but in Toronto (the capital for NHL rumors) it’s hard for some to understand how the uncertainty of Parise’s contract situation – he’s due to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 – hasn’t been a distraction for him or the team.

Devils coach Pete DeBoer gave a simple answer for that this morning.

“It hasn’t been a distraction, I think, because our general manager has made it very clear that it’s not an issue, he’s not going anywhere, he’s a big part of our team, he’s our captain,” DeBoer said. “I think that kind of ended the distraction right there. Also, the fact of where we’re sitting and where we’re heading and how we’re playing, he’s a huge part of that. So, it’s a non-issue.”

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The Latest On Zach Parise

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Sources say inquiring general managers are getting the word Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is not dealing unrestricted free agent-to-be Zach Parise before the NHL’s Feb. 27 trade deadline.

Instead, it is thought if the Devils do not want to re-sign Parise in June, they’ll trade his rights to a team that wants an advance shot at negotiations before he becomes free July 1.

The advance payments the Devils are receiving from the NHL do nothing to enhance the team’s attractiveness for a player preparing to sign a deal for the rest of his career.

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What To Do With Parise?

Darren Dreger of TSN answers some email,

Has there been any word on the situation with Zach Parise and the New Jersey Devils? I believe as of January 1 he’s eligible to sign a new contract with them? If unsigned he will be the best trade bait available at the trade deadline - especially if the Devils lost the tight race for a playoff spot in the East!

Dreger: There is no question the Devils will be faced with a very difficult decision at trade deadline. Parise in so many ways is the cornerstone of this franchise and the Devils appreciate that and want very much to re-sign him.  However, with unresticted free agency looming these situations are always delicate because the player (Parise) wants to be fair to the organization, but also wants to test the market, primarily to see which of the true contenders surface among the multiple bidders that will undoubtedly express considerable interest.  This isn’t about money.  Zach Parise will get his money either from New Jersey or the open market. At this stage, not much has changed…Parise wants to wait, focus on the season and helping the Devils secure a playoff spot.  However, in the coming weeks Lou Lamoriello will have to decide whether he can afford to continue to play the waiting game and risk his captain and star player walking in July, or Lamoriello will have to embrace the feeding frenzy and trade offers that will increase in value in the weeks leading up to the deadline.

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Zach Parise Has His Eye On The Stanley Cup

from Riche Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Although he is recognized as one of the top stars in the league and respected for his work ethic and skills, Parise wants more. He wants a ring.

“When you’re here for seven years and have never been past the second round, you realize it’s going by quick,” he said. “You see how hard it is. There are 29 teams every year that are disappointed, so it’s not easy. You’ve got to get lucky, you have to have a great team and you have to have a healthy team and avoid injuries at key times. A lot of things have to fall into place.”

This is a pivotal season in Parise’s career. He will become an unrestricted free agent July 1. Although the Devils say they’d like to sign him to a long-term deal, it is likely he will test the market.

How the Devils do this season and what Parise perceives as the club’s future chances of winning a Cup will be hugely instrumental in whether he stays with the Devils.

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Parise Looks To Remain A Devil

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Lets call a spade a spade. The Devils need Zach Parise. There is no other way around it. He has become the name assosciated with this franchise after Brodeur began to wear down. Walk around inside the Prudential Center, and you’ll see a majority of the jersey’s of the fans donning his last name. With a one year deal signed this offseason in an effort to avoid arbitration, Parise has moved on step closer to free agency. However, in a recent interview, he has made it clear that he would like to remain in New Jersey, and not take his services to any other club.

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Looking on the Left

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We continue our preview of the top players at each position with a look at the left wing. In my auction league with bidding that is taking place all month, I am currently looking for a low-cost left wing option, of which there are plenty. But here are the options that you can reasonably pay top dollar for or feel comfortable drafting with an early-round pick.

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Devils Featured In 30 In 30

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I will provide some of the highlights from the Devils portion on 30 In 30 from the NHL per Mike Morreale.

“The New Jersey Devils couldn’t catch a break in the first half of the 2010-11 season, even after the summertime re-signing of Russian superstar Ilya Kovalchuk to a mammoth 15-year, $100 million contract that took nearly the entire summer to complete.

Instead, they suffered subpar performances under new coach John MacLean, lost star forward Zach Parise to injury 12 games into the season, saw Kovalchuk struggle in the early going, and found themselves in last place in the Eastern Conference at 9-22-2 by the time Christmas rolled around.

It was around that time General Manager Lou Lamoriello opted to fire MacLean and rehire Jacques Lemaire in a last-ditch effort to qualify for the playoffs.”

True, the Kovy ordeal did seem to be a major distraction to the team. John MacLean also seemed lost in the shuffle of being the coach for that year. His attention was not entirely on the team as it needed to be, and the results showed on the ice. I had a lot of friends who follow the Devils point out the same thing. He wasn’t able to coach the team the way you thought he was going too. Lou made the decsion he thought he had too, and it worked to an extent. They didn’t make the playoffs, but they certainly improved. If Parise was healthy, they would have definitely contended for the eight seed that year.

 

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Captain Anonymous

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What is a captain?  “A person who is at the head of or in authority over others; chief; leader.”  What is a hockey captain?  “A locker room leader, motivator; a medium between players and upper management; a primary representative of the team both on and off the ice.”

It is a unique situation this off-season that all three New York City metro area teams will be naming a new captain for the upcoming 2011-2012 season.  The New York Rangers have the most candidates and are probably in the best situation with the most quality choices to choose from.  So, we will start with the Rangers and then look at the Devils, who have both the easiest and hardest choices of the three, and finally we will look at the New York Islanders who have the youngest crop of candidates with the most potential. 

 

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Sign Here Or No “C”?

from Tom Gulitti of The Record,

Even before Jamie Langenbrunner was traded Jan. 7, Zach Parise was viewed by his teammates and many inside and outside the organization as the likely successor to Langenbrunner as the Devils’ captain.

Parise was recovering from knee surgery at the time, and made it back for only one game in April, so there was no need to rush to name him captain last season. At this point, however, it remains uncertain if Parise will be given the “C” before the team’s 2011-12 season opener.

If Parise had signed a long-term extension, as both sides hoped, the decision would be a no-brainer. But, because he settled for a one-year contract and remains eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2012, that might be reason to delay a while longer.

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The Presence Of Parise

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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.

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