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“No way” Parise would sign with the Rangers, wants to stay in Jersey

Jun 13, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT

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As we predicted, Devils captain and pending unrestricted free agent Zach Parise didn’t commit to returning to New Jersey when asked about his future this morning. However, he did go so far as to say he wants to come back.

“This is a great place to play and I love playing here,” he said. “I love being here.”

Oh, and remember a few weeks ago when Parise’s dad said his son would “fit right in” with the New York Rangers? Yeah, not happening.

“No way,” said Parise.

So that’s one team we can scratch off the list.

Parise also said it’s possible he could re-sign before July 1. (Presumably he meant with the Devils, though it’s possible his rights could be traded if a deal can’t be reached.)

Now start the negotiations. Will the Devils be able to afford Parise given the club’s financial challenges? How much will he demand? Will he base his worth on Ilya Kovalchuk’s 15-year, $100 million contract? Not to suggest he’d ask for that much, but hey, if he’s the “face of the Devils” and all…

  1. tmoore4075 - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    I just said it to someone else, wanting to re-sign and the Devils willing to give up what others might offer are two different things. Im not sure teams will be throwing 10mil a year at him but they’ll be giving big term I think.

  2. rangerblood - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Parise no doubt is not willing to face Torterella’s rath

    • stakex - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:33 PM

      Hes played for Torts in the past, and says he likes his style…

  3. daniel10017 - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Yeah right. No doubt the Rangers will dangle the $$$$ and in the way the offer will be something that Parise won’t refuse. I see this though as a disaster for the Rangers (see Bobby Holik and Scott Gomez)

  4. michiganhockey11 - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    He’ll want to play where he thinks he has the best chance to win a cup, regardless of the offer. Plain and simple.

  5. pone27 - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Been saying the Rangers had no shot. Money doesn’t mean a team has a shot for every player in the league. Obviously, Parise has enough respect for the the Devils that he wouldn’t go join a rival.

    The Devils, Wings, and Wild are the candidates.

  6. biffnasty - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Ohhh pleAse, he just covering his tracks after his father said he gonna play for torts

  7. rockthered1286 - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Parise looks good in red. Come on down to the phone booth. Ovechkin needs help.

    • barkar942 - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      Ovie just needs to do something that he has never done before- learn the defensive side of the game!

  8. rockthered1286 - Jun 13, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    @barkar you’re confusing Ovi with Semin and every other Russian player! Watch Ovi play he’s got a viscous back check and he’s not afraid to jump back. Reason you think his d is subpar is because he’s leading the rush so he’s last to be concerned with the back check.

  9. flyerfan48 - Jun 13, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    how can the rangers even afford him. they’ll have to sign a few FAs, and then if they do sign him, they’ll have to deal with his long term contract, Richards, and future signings like gaborik and callahan.

  10. blastardo - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    There’s no doubt the Caps have the cap space for Parise after freeing Semin. I’m sure George McPhee will be offering a sum of money for Parise to wear his jersey.

    Parise also said he wanted to go to a team that can win the cup and I don’t believe the Wild are quite there yet. Detroit on the other hand still have plenty of talent even without Lidstrom and Holmstrom. A Datsyuk/Parise combo has plenty of potential.

    Then again Ovechkin/Backstrom/Parise also sounds pretty good.

  11. pantherpro - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Come west young man and play for Sharks! Kings suck!

    • ron05342 - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:55 PM

      Yeah, they suck so bad with that Stanley Cup title that the Sharks won in…

      …never mind.

  12. stakex - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Ok first of all, he didn’t say “No way”… he simply said “no”. So thats a misquote right there (try watching the video http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=634674).

    Second you have to put the situation in context. Hes still a Devil, hes standing in the Devils locker room, and theres at least a decent chance he will still be a Devil next year. Do you honestly think he would say “Yeah sure, I can see myself playing for the Rangers” considering all that? Yeah, because that wouldn’t make things awkward in the lockeroom if he stays there next year. Come on peopel…. use that lump three feet about your butt, its there for a reason.

    It sould also be noted that he said he couldn’t see himself playing for ANY other team. The only one he was asked directly about was the Rangers, which again… he of course HAD to say “no” to that question.

    The funny part is that the biggest thing from this interview that was lost in the pointless speculation about the Rangers is that it really sounds like hes staying with the Devils. He kept talking about being with them next year, and there was little to suggest hes packed his bags at this point. Somehow all that was missed by his PC answer about the Rangers.

  13. thedavesiknowiknow - Jun 14, 2012 at 5:33 AM

    His agent is FURIOUS at him for giving the Rangers the cold shoulder, but screw his agent: Completely unbiased: Hopefully he stays in Jersey at a discount. The NHL is overdue for a player who understands that the league is (at best) breaking even.

  14. bbk1000 - Jun 14, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Who cares?

    Hopefully the Rangers history of signing mediocre players who have one or two noticeable years is done….

  15. xjokerz - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Just sign with the wings and get it over with

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