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Brodeur, Parise focus on Florida series, not future

Apr 22, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

Zach Parise, Derek Stepan, Martin Brodeur AP

With an extra day in between Games 5 and 6, one couldn’t totally fault Martin Brodeur and Zach Parise if they started pondering their future beyond the 2012 playoffs. After all, a first round loss to the Florida Panthers might just increase the chances of one or both cornerstone players turning the page on their days with the New Jersey Devils. Tom Gulitti reports that both are focused on the more immediate future instead.

First, let’s start with Brodeur, whose playing future is as much in question as his days in a Devils uniform.

“Career-wise, I don’t feel it’s going to be the last of it, but I think opportunity-wise, you never know,” Brodeur said. “Regardless of what the future will bring me, that’s irrelevant for me right now.”

While Brodeur is aware this might be one of his last chances – if not the last chance – Parise has more control of his situation. At 27 years old, he’ll get to experience the sensation of being courted in the unrestricted free agent market – if he chooses. Yet like Brodeur, Parise isn’t elaborating much on those thoughts.

“It’s blocked out,” Parise said. “I don’t think about it. I don’t really want to talk about it.”

Perhaps both prominent players are just providing lip service, but the Devils really could face a golden opportunity for a deep run. Favorites are dropping like flies, so if they can win the next two games, anything can happen.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Please file under: NOT NEWS.

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      if Florida wins this series, you can kiss Parise goodbye!

      I think he is gone no matter what but this would easily help him pack his bags to the highest bidder this summer.

      He will enjoy his $7.5 million dollar deal somewhere else than NJ

      • barkar942 - Apr 22, 2012 at 8:00 PM

        I hear Columbus will be looking for a new cornerstone to build their team around!

  2. Jackson Scofield - Apr 22, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Blackhawks have a ton of cap space. If they manage to fit Parise in there… watch out.

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:32 PM

      you can’t possibly be serious with either of those comments can you ?

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:13 AM

        At this point, every team has or is willing to clear cap space for a “high end forward.” All these GMs going off about how they plan to make a big splash come silly season is going into Parise’s (and Suter’s) ears and reinterpreted as “ka-ching!” The GMs are doing nothing but driving up their market value.

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