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And with that, the Zach Parise watch begins — though he’s not ready to discuss it

Jun 12, 2012, 12:15 AM EDT

Zach Parise

With the Devils’ postseason run complete, the focus in New Jersey now shifts to Zach Parise.

The 27-year-old is on the verge of unrestricted free agency at a remarkable time. He’s notched five 30-goal seasons since the lockout, captained his team to the Stanley Cup finals and is regarded as one of the league’s most relentless and tenacious players.

Ergo, Parise is gonna get paid this summer.

Of this, there is no question. Wherever, whenever and with whomever Parise agrees to terms, it’ll  involve many dollar signs. NHL GMs have been told they’ll operate under a temporary $70.3 million salary cap when July 1 hits, and if the David Jones/Colorado contract was any indication — $16 million for a 27-year-old with 67 career goals, a surgically-repaired ACL and several visits to his coach’s doghouse — spending is going to be wild.

So it stands to reason the future will be very exciting for Parise.

He just wasn’t ready to discuss it following Monday’s gut-wrenching loss.

ESPN New York’s Katie Strang said Parise was “visibly upset” after the 6-1 defeat before uttering “I’m not talking about that,” in response to queries about his future.

One guy that did talk about Parise’s future was New Jersey’s elder statesman, Martin Brodeur. The 40-year-old goalie said his potential return won’t hinge on Parise’s decision to stay or leave the Devils, but did say Parise is GM Lou Lamoriello’s biggest priority this offseason.

“He’s a great captain,” Brodeur said.

No arguments there.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    To paraphrase Henry Ford, you can go to any team you’d like, just as long as it’s the Minnesota Wild.

    • stakex - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:46 AM

      Doubtful.

      If Parise leaves the Devils its going to be becasue he wants to go to a winner… and the Wild sure as hell don’t look like a winner right now. We can sit here and debate all the reasons they had a bad year, you can try to blame it on injury all you want, and you can even talk about all the potential they might have in the near future… but the fact remains, they finished 24th in the league this year. They are not a winner right now, period.

      Its far more likely that if he does in fact leave the Devils (not a sure thing by any means), he will land with the Rangers. They have the cap space to make it work, Sather loves to spend big money, its very close so he wouldn’t need to relocate, he likes Torts and the Rangers style, and best of all… the Rangers are certain to be a top contender next season, something that cannot be said for sure about the Wild.

      • lordfletcher - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:32 AM

        They sure did look like a “winner” before everyone in their starting lines got injured… They will add depth this summer and have prospects joining the fold as well. Minny will be a different team in the next 2-3 years, if they land Suter and Parise, they will be a contender (IF HEALTHY). Anyteam that adds the best forward and defenceman in free agency could almost say the same.

        the odds are better than most think that he or Suter ends up in Minnesota… but no matter which team you like or think he will end up in, there are 10 other GM’s matching or getting close to a top end deal, so they could land almost anywhere.

        Minny’s owner will be throwing suit cases of cash at Parise this summer, which might bring up his price even more… I presonally want Parise in a Wild uni, but only if the price is right, or close to.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM

        I have no delusions about the competitiveness of the Wild at this point. I’m mostly speaking out of wishful thinking, and he ought to go wherever he’d like. Unlike many Minnesota sports fans, I don’t feel like every Minnesota-born professional athlete has an obligation and duty to play here, as nice as that would be. I realistically expect him to end up either in NY or Detroit.

  2. letsgosjsharks - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    If you wanna win a cup in the next 2 or 3 years San Jose is your destination

    • porkchopexpress1969 - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:09 AM

      You are better off saying. If you want to choke, come to San Jose for a few years..

  3. xjokerz - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    Welcome to Detroit Parise will fit right In with suter and semin, won’t be a captain or maybe even assistant captain on my stacked wings team but parise would make a nice first line with datsyuk and franzen

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      Your “stacked” Red Wings team that didn’t get past the first round and saw 2 of their best defenseman leave already? Okay, if you say so

      • 11cups - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:20 PM

        After losing those 2 “D” men we are so “stacked”. ha

  4. nepo784 - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    San Jose= Overrated… Per usual. The Oilers will win another cup before SJ even makes it to the finals

  5. zaksyuk - Jun 12, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    See you in Detroit buddy we cant wait for you :)

  6. 1337ryan - Jun 12, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    I would like to see him as a Ranger. Especially since I’ve been telling my Devil friends that all post season. With Sather you can’t tell though. Last year he got Richards like everyone thought he would, but there could be some 38 year old out there he’ll grossly overpay.

    • quizguy66 - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      Let me guess, ryan. You were the guy in the Rangers Gomez jersey walking out of the Rock after game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

      -QG

  7. shl4vikes - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Come back home Zach!! We want you, we need you and we can win with you.

    Things are happening in the Twin Cities that could make the next 10-15 years very exciting for our sports franchises!

    Come on home Zach!

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