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Parise watch update: no gnus till the draft, which places him in the same boat as other UFA’s

Via Pro Hockey Talk’s Joe Yerdon, those of you who are interested in Zach Parise’s future plans might find this blog entry from the Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti to be informative:

I spoke briefly this afternoon Devils captain Zach Parise’s agent, Wade Arnott, and there really isn’t anything new to report. Arnott is in Pittsburgh for the draft on Friday and Saturday and said he would probably talk informally with Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello while he’s there, but didn’t expect anything formal to happen until after that.

Parise headed home to Minnesota this week to take care of some things there. Arnott said he expects to talk with Parise on Monday and they will formulate a plan for going forward from there.

That would leave them about six days before Parise would be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent at noon on Sunday, July 1. That would still be enough time to get a contract done with the Devils.

Why make this a stand-alone entry? Because Parise and almost every other high-profile free agent—as well as the lesser lights—find themselves in the same boat. The vast majority of player agents have prospects and would-be draft picks in their portfolio, so it makes the most sense for them to spend the latter part of this week spending time in Pittsburgh to take care of their younger clients’ needs and then “get back” to general managers when teams’ entire front offices come to town for Friday and Saturday’s draft.

That’s swell and all, but this, “Meh, it’s Tuesday/Wednesday, but we’ll talk on Friday…or Saturday…or Sunday” timeline really digs into the amount of time that those who have yet to re-sign with their current rights-holders possess in terms of trying to bridge usually sizable salary and/or term gaps, and it makes fans of the teams equally nervous.

Generally speaking, players who haven’t been signed by mid-June are a coin flip in terms of their chances of re-signing with their current employers, but when we get to June 23rd or 24th, it’s more like somewhere between 60/40 and 70/30 toward the players testing the market, depending on the player.

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