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Devils say financial problems won’t affect Parise deal

Feb 2, 2012, 12:49 PM EDT

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Despite an ownership rift and the league keeping them financially afloat, the New Jersey Devils say they won’t let financial issues affect potentially re-upping with star LW Zach Parise.

“The only thing I’ve been told is it’s not going to make a difference. There won’t be any problems,” Parise told The Star-Ledger. “That’s what I’m going on. I don’t really know enough about what’s happening behind the scenes with the ownership.”

And just what exactly is happening with ownership? Well, there’s still the small matter of repaying/refinancing an $80-million loan that’s gone into default…so you can see why negotiating with Parise might not be priority No. 1 at the moment.

But it could be a priority soon. While Devils GM Lou Lamoriello isn’t one to negotiate contracts during the season — only once has LouLam made an exception, and that was for Martin Brodeur — the unique situation at hand might force him to. There’s a strong possibility the following scenario unfolds:

– New Jersey keeps Parise past the trade deadline, unsigned.

– New Jersey misses the playoffs.

– Parise goes to July 1 and becomes an unrestricted free agent.

If this does transpire, it could be curtains for New Jersey. Parise’s stated publicly he wants to play for a winner and a team willing to spend to the cap (something the Devils might not be, regardless of what they say publicly.) There’s also the allure of being a UFA for the first time in his career in an offseason where the likes of Los Angeles, New York Rangers, Washington and Detroit are projected to have over $14 million in available cap space.

  1. dwightanddaryl - Feb 2, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    He called into a Minnesota radio station this morning, sure sounds like he is coming home.

    Wonder what number he will wear, #9 is going to be here a while.

  2. cup0pizza - Feb 2, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    STARS need Parise

  3. barkar942 - Feb 2, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    The Devils are spending to the cap- and Kovulchuk gets 90% of the cap each season from now till eternity!

    • martysbetter - Feb 2, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      This argument is so tired, Kovalchuk’s cap hit is 6.6 million, he’s on a ppg pace this year – here is the list of players with a higher cap hit..

      1. Ovechkin, Alexander
      2. Malkin, Evgeni
      3. Crosby, Sidney
      4. Staal, Eric
      5. Nash, Rick
      6. Lecavalier, Vincent
      7. Heatley, Dany
      8. Gaborik, Marian
      9. Stamkos, Steven
      10. Weber, Shea
      11. Gomez, Scott
      12. Campbell, Brian
      13. Vanek, Thomas
      14. Spezza, Jason
      15. Iginla, Jarome
      16. Thornton, Joe
      17. Doughty, Drew
      18. Chara, Zdeno
      19. Marleau, Patrick
      20. Lundqvist, Henrik
      21. Kopitar, Anze
      22. Koivu, Mikko
      23. Datsyuk, Pavel
      24. Backstrom, Nicklas
      25. Semin, Alexander
      26. Bouwmeester, Jay
      27. Richards, Brad
      28. Boyle, Dan

      • jpelle82 - Feb 2, 2012 at 3:14 PM

        none of those guys have 15 years still left on their contract do they though?

  4. mj2sexay - Feb 2, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    I wouldn’t call the doomsday scenario you just laid out a strong possibility. Devs are in the 8th seed with games in hand on the next two people above them. In the case of Ottawa they have something ridiculous like 4 games. Plus just in the effort to earn myself 8 million thumbs down from the Toronto fanboys, there’s also the strong consideration that the Maple Leafs suck.

  5. martysbetter - Feb 2, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Vincent Lecavalier has 11 years left @ a cap hit of $7.7 million, but i don’t ever seen article after article on here and everywhere else about how much of an albatross his contract is.

    I’m not saying he doesn’t have a long contract worth a lot of money but people act like Kovy doesn’t produce and his contract completely handcuffs the organization and its just not true.

  6. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Feb 2, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    LOLOL. You’re right financials will have nothing to do with Parise’s contract extension becuase he won’t re-sign there… You screwed up BIG TIME not offering him a deal last year and failing to trade him… Welcome to free agency Parise!

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