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Parise helped convince Devils to let players sleep at home before playoff home games

May 26, 2012, 10:33 PM EDT

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Zach Parise‘s tenure as team captain has already been a successful one. The New Jersey Devils have reached the Stanley Cup finals thanks to his on and off the ice contributions.

One of his more obscure off-ice accomplishments was helping convince Devils GM Lou Lamoriello to soften the team’s practice of having their players spend the night in a hotel even before home games during the postseason. This time around, players have been able to sleep in their own beds when possible.

“Times have changed,” Lamoriello said. “We didn’t have them stay every night in a hotel the last time in the playoffs. Maybe it was the right thing at the right time and it could be something you go back to. But it was the right thing at the right time. Yes, the players have a lot to do with it and also how their minds are and how they feel. We were going to Florida. At first, we were going to be down there on the road in a hotel for five nights, so when we come back did we want to go back in a hotel? So, there are different reasons that you go to certain things, but the input of the players was very important. Zach’s input, the captain’s input was very important.”

It’s not one of Parise’s biggest accomplishments, but a little extra familiarity during the most intense time of the year might not be a bad thing.

  1. xjokerz - May 27, 2012 at 3:22 AM

    I can’t wait for him to be a redwing next year

  2. flyerscup2010 - May 27, 2012 at 6:20 AM

    i hate them

    • danphipps01 - May 27, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      Funny. I remember Flyers fans everywhere sobbing all over PHT about how classless it was of Crosby to say the same about your guys.

      • flyerscup2010 - May 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM

        I wasn’t crying, but my reasons are better than Crosby’s. He can get back to me when Brodeur, Elias, and Stevens ruin his life for 20 years. That first year of my life when Brodeur wasn’t on the Devils must’ve been awesome, I wish I could remember it.

      • danphipps01 - May 31, 2012 at 12:41 PM

        … you know, I actually have to respect that. Brodeur’s been killing an entire division’s dreams for twenty years. I think it’s actually pretty fair to hold a grudge at that point. Fair enough.

  3. natlbnkilr - May 27, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    How come every time a big name its a UFA , Wing fans think they are headed to Detroit? Is it their beautiful city… ah, NO. Maybe their state of the art Arena… um, NOPE. How about the stellar way they ended their last season… Is say NO since they got bounced in the 1st Round by the Preds. Oh wait, I got it… they wanna be part of an aging franchise that is about to start a rebuild! Hope they let 47 year old Hasek come back to flop around in the crease… that will ensure NO playoffs next year! Give it up Wing fans!

    • superross - May 27, 2012 at 10:11 PM

      That was funny! Not nice, but funny!

  4. vshehane - May 27, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Because Red Wing Fans are delusional. It’s really pitiful.

  5. polegojim - May 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    @Nat and VShe – Seriously? Your dissing a team who’s WORST years in over 2 decades includes the playoffs!! If that

    Ha! 21 years worth of successful delusion… The Wings aren’t rebuilding… they’re reloading.

    Finally – get the facts straight – not EVERY big name, just Parise and Suter. You can have Nash and Ovi.

    See you at the signing.

  6. nvandy42 - May 27, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    He’s gonna win the cup then come home to MN. If he wants to sleep in his own bed maybe he’s talkin about the one in the brand new home him and his wife just built on lake Minnetonka, 15 minutes from where the Wild play. Granlund and Parise are bringing the wild to the ship. No doubt!!

    • therealjr - May 27, 2012 at 8:16 PM

      If you knew sh1t you’d know Lake Minnetonka is not 15 minutes from where the Wild play.

  7. jrmehle - May 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    I like your enthusiasm nvandy42, but the chances are better he stays with NJ or signs elsewhere. NJ’s future looks a little shaky right now with Brodeur almost surely retiring, Kovalchuk’s insane contract, and the bankruptcy. However, NJ is the only NHL team Zach has known. Some team will surely offer him $8-9M if he’s just looking for a paycheck. Chuck Fletcher is not one to hand out inflated long term deals. Their offer will probably top out around $7.5M for 6yrs.

    Trust me, I would be doing laps around the block in all my Wild gear screaming about it if Parise does sign. However, the fact that he is going to live here means little. He did grow up here. It’s more likely that Parise and his wife are comfortable in MN and want to spend time with family when they can than it is an indication he’ll sign with the Wild.

    • polegojim - May 27, 2012 at 1:12 PM

      @nvandy – I admire your hope…. but not gonna happen. Guys like Parise want to go to Cup contenders who have the cap room to pay them…. Red Wings.

      @JR – esp if Devils win the Cup, Marty’s done…awesome career.

  8. xjokerz - May 27, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Wings have a lot of cap space. We’re either getting Parise or semin .. That’s a fact

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