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Report: Devils won’t be trading Zach Parise

Jan 31, 2012, 9:31 AM EST

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The Devils’ financial problems on top of Zach Parise being eligible to become a free agent after the season has a lot of fans and team executives wondering if the Devils will trade the star forward.

According to Mark Everson of the New York Post, the Devils won’t be entertaining any trade possibilities for their team captain.

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.

If Everson’s sources are right (and you never know with these things) then Devils GM Lou Lamoriello will be living on the edge in figuring out what to do with their young superstar.

Trading Parise’s rights before July 1 should he not sign an extension or wind up dealt before then means the Devils may not get as much in return for him. If the Devils put Parise up for trade before the trade deadline, Lamoriello would likely have his choice of huge offers for the stud winger.

It takes two to tango and some teams may not want to risk prospects or players for a guy that may not sign with them when free agency arrives. The Devils then run the risk of losing Parise for nothing, something that won’t help out a franchise that’s surrounded by bad financial news.

  1. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jan 31, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Lou is making a mistake.

    The Wild allegedly are willing to offer this years 1st round pick and a top prospect (Jason Zucker).

    Guess he will come here for nothing. As a Wild fan, not having to trade an asset to get him is fantastic.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:12 PM

      Parise wants to win. Why would he choose to go to the Wild?

      • yettyskills - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:35 PM

        Its a massive mistake just like the Kovy contract.
        Parise is GONE from Jersey and they are getting nothing for him.

        All the thumbs down are from the clueless, Parise might not go to Minny, but he is going somewhere not named New Jersey.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:49 PM

        Yeah, it’s pretty obvious Parise is gone. The Devils have two choices: get something for him or nothing for him. Keeping him after this year is not an option, but since it’s the one they’re trying to choose things are going to get worse for this franchise in the next few years.

      • baloney126 - Jan 31, 2012 at 2:43 PM

        hes grew up in minnesota

  2. bcjim - Jan 31, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    If the stories of the financial troubles are true, they have no chance of resigning him. May as well get something. Of course Lou is limited to players willing to come and be treated like kids by a control freak.

  3. miketoasty - Jan 31, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    If they keep him they have a good shot at making it deep in the playoffs, but, if they don’t win the Stanley Cup and he walks for nothing was it worth it? I think Lou is making a mistake though as I don’t think the team will make it past the second round of the playoffs.

    • scottfmullin - Jan 31, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      With the Devils goaltending situation, the notion of them going deep into the playoffs is far fetched to me.

  4. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    parise wishes he was soup can sid

  5. devilsfan3332 - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Reblogged this on The Ramblings of a Sports Fan and commented:
    I just hope that Lou is a man of his word

  6. treydogg97 - Jan 31, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Sounds like Doug Risebrough’s got his hand up Lou’s ass.

  7. Rob - Jan 31, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Trade Parise for a goalie? It’s not like Brodeur or Hedberg have been very good, and even if they found a little form neither is a realistic choices in the mid to long term for NJ. Both will be retired within the next 2 years. If Parise isn’t staying; why not make a deal?

    • jpelle82 - Jan 31, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      good goalies are hard to come by. thats like trading a shut-down corner for a runningback (here’s looking at you dan snyder), doesnt make sense. i wouldnt call parise a dime a dozen but he is replaceable, a good goalie is not usually

  8. elvispocomo - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    They’ve got some excellent young defensive propsects/players as well as a few promising forwards, but you’d think they’d love to alleviate their financial issues by turning Parise into a top young goalie and some more depth skaters to help make this team more attractive with less risk to financiers.

    Too bad they think they’re more than a bubble team who’s willing to risk it despite all the obvious signs otherwise.

  9. lordstanley716 - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Miller, Boyes and Grags for Parise straight up. He’d love to play with his buddy Drew Stafford and there is no commitment from the Sabres to stick with any core players, Miller included. Pick up the phone Darcy!!!

    • danphipps01 - Jan 31, 2012 at 6:32 PM

      Dude, the Devils want to UPGRADE their goaltending, not give up entirely.

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