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Parise’s agent: Playoff run “probably bodes decently” for Jersey return

May 10, 2012, 11:43 AM EDT

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It wasn’t the most emphatic statement on earth, but Devils fans will take it.

In speaking with ESPN’s Craig Custance (paywall), Wade Arnott — the player agent representing New Jersey captain Zach Parise — wouldn’t tip his hand as to the future of his client, but did admit this surprising playoff run could help Parise stay with the Devils.

His team has advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals where they have proven they have as good a chance as anybody of playing for a Stanley Cup. Had they lost in the first round, most of us would have penciled Parise in for a guaranteed trip to free agency. Does this playoff success change things?

I posed that question to his agent, Newport’s Wade Arnott, and even he wasn’t sure.

“I don’t know,” he said. “Does the fact that they’re showing well and taking a longer run and becoming more competitive, is it the right fit? I don’t know the answer to that.”

But it’s got to help the cause, right?

“It probably bodes decently for the Devils,” Arnott said.

Of course, New Jersey’s playoff success is a double-edged sword.

The further the Devils go along, the higher Parise’s stock rises. All the characteristics that have made New Jersey so compelling this postseason — unwavering discipline, relentless forecheck, strong boardwork, timely scoring — are embodied by Parise, the 27-year-old captain.

And make no mistake, 27 years old is the key here. Parise was the big fish of the impending UFA market prior to this run, a franchise player on the right side of 30. Now he’s added the one thing missing from his resume — playoff success.

(For as good as he’s been since the lockout, Parise’s never played more than 11 games in a single postseason.)

You’d think that regardless of what the Devils do from here on in, Parise is going to market if only to see what kind of numbers get thrown his way.

It will truly be a once-in-a-career opportunity.

  1. martysbetter - May 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    “All the characteristics that have made New Jersey so compelling this postseason — unwavering discipline, relentless forecheck, strong boardwork, timely scoring — are embodied by Parise, the 27-year-old captain.”

    You hit the nail on the head Halsy, Parise IS this team.

    If you were to construct a team around the type of system Deboer has put in place in New Jersey, Zach Parise is the player who best exemplifies everything about what makes that system successful. He’s the type of player who is not only talented but one of the best LEADERS in the NHL – its amazing how this guy gets his nose in every single play on the ice, it must be really annoying to play against him.


    • jrmehle - May 10, 2012 at 10:45 PM

      All of those things you described are the reasons why every other team in the league that can remotely afford to make an offer will do so. Parise is a special player. He’s arguably one of the biggest superstars to ever come out of MN. We Minnesotans value our own more than anyone else. Zach would be a local hero forever if he came here.

      He’s obviously comfortable in NJ. He knows the area, he knows what his coach wants out of him, and he knows management. There are questions too though. What’s going to happen with their goaltending once Brodeur retires? Can they afford to sign him to the size and length contract he desires and almost definitely has earned? Does he want to be the big superstar on the team or does he share the spotlight?

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - May 11, 2012 at 12:41 AM

        Definately not the best hockey player from Minnesota unless you can match being the only person to win a high school championship, Olympic gold medal, Stanley Cup, and be the all-time leading scorer for a franchise, like Neal Broten

  2. lordfletcher - May 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    per those quotes, it sounds like he is more likely to leave than re-sign and this is his last ‘run’ with the Devils. Just my interpretation

    I am Parise fan, I hope he wins it all but would rather it be with my team.

  3. hiltonandastoria - May 10, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    A cup win can go two ways depending on the man, It can make a player more likely to return to defend it, or it can be a sense of accomplishment, a plateau and time to move on.

    Some guys are union guys and will choose the highest bidder.
    Also, does Marty walk away if they win a cup? And if he does, does that play in Parise’s thinking?

    A cup victory may help, or hurt his chances in staying, depending on what type of mindset Parise has and what Marty decides this summer.

  4. vindicatus - May 10, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    We love Zach here in NJ and would love to have him stay a lifelong Devil. Hopefully this year has helped convince him to stay.

    But if he winds up leaving NJ, you’re huffing glue if you think he wants to go to Minny.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - May 11, 2012 at 12:43 AM

      Minny has a better chance than you think, you may want to huff more glue if you think they don’t have a legitimate chance of getting him. Not saying they will sign him, but they will be in the mix

  5. mdev1987 - May 11, 2012 at 6:15 AM

    Devils need their captain to stay. In all seriousness, he will fade elsewhere

  6. tackledummy1505 - May 11, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Lol he’ll go to Detroit. Money baby and Devils need fans lol

  7. tackledummy1505 - May 11, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Sucks playing in a half empty arena every night

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