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Parise: “We want to try to get things worked out with New Jersey”

Jun 26, 2012, 6:54 PM EST

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When you hear hockey fans and pundits discuss the latest Zach Parise rumors, talk tends to gravitate toward teams such as the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, Minnesota Wild and so on. Many seem to count out his current team, the New Jersey Devils, yet Parise told Rich Chere that his first team isn’t out of the running.

Parise says that the Devils have a chance even if they don’t sign him by the time he would reach unrestricted free agency on July 1.

“If that does happen, my agents have done a really good job of doing the best they can to prepare me for it. But first and foremost, we want to try to get things worked out with New Jersey,” Parise said. “I know the perception would be, ‘Oh, he wants out.’ But that’s not the case. I haven’t been lying. I’ve said all along how much I like playing in New Jersey. So that wouldn’t be me saying, ‘I don’t want to play there anymore.’ ”

Fair or not, people – particularly Devils fans – might see it that way if Parise bolts for another city.

Making a deep postseason run should certainly help New Jersey’s chances, but when teams like the Penguins (allegedly) gear up to bring you in, it might be hard to turn such a chance down. Still, Parise insists that it’s far from a done deal.

  1. meynbass - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Parise has my respect no matter where he signs but as a diehard Devils fan I’d love to see him in the red and black for a long long time

    • phillyfan0201 - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:12 AM

      Parise is a great player and as much as i would love to see him playing for the flyers it is not going to happen. The devils want him and he wants to and will continue to play for the Devils…most hockey fans no matter what team you are a fan of also have respect for Zach

  2. buffbry - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    So the wings go from favorites to land him to So on.. great article… Seriously that’s so short sited. They are def a top 3 team to land him, not a So on team. Rewrite this article take Philly out who has no cap space nor interest in him and insert the wings. At least do some research if your gonna be a writer

    • lordfletcher - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:22 PM

      who outside of Detroit has ever said they were favorites?

      The media??? Good source

      • buffbry - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:23 PM

        Parises mom told me

      • jmacphee9 - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:52 AM

        the media is the only thing that has listed anyone as a favorite really….he hasnt said anything. i have heard rumors of off the record statements he and his close friends has made about his interest in detroit though, for whatever that is worth.

  3. GenoPringles - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Sounds like some empty words here. Stop worrying about old NJ and get ready to play with the Almighty Soupcan Sid. The Franchise will welcome you with open arms. And if your lucky, a sweet nickname in The Soupcan Army

    • hockeyfan1701 - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      I am Penguins fan through thick and thin, but when I see these post about “Soupcan” and the “Franchise” I just cringe. Please stop. You sound like an idiot.

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:22 AM

        Ditto.

        I think the Pens have as good a shot as anyone at signing Parise – Crosby and Parise are friends off the ice, he would get to play with an elite center and on a contending team. They’ve got the money to make a big offer… I just hope they don’t overpay for the guy. I’m not saying Parise isn’t worth a huge deal, but if all else is equal, the Pens still need to resign Sullivan and add a veteran Dman. I think the Pens would need to cap their spending on Parise at about $8mil a year – anything more gets a little scary.

    • drunkbro - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:27 AM

      just like staal was still ready to play with sids soupcan

  4. suckitny - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Buffet I guess you haven’t noticed that the flyers have about 13 or 14 million in cap space. Get your facts straight before opening your mouth.

  5. phillyphever - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    He’s not going to Philly. Or Pittsburgh. Or NY. Basically the only Atlantic division team he’ll play for is NJ. I still see him going to Minnesota

  6. martysbetter - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    There it is folks, plain as day – he wants to be a Devil.

    Now, I know the next article being written as I type this has something to do with the Devils financial situation but I think its pretty easy to recognize that this organization sees Zach Parise as this generations Elias/Broduer; a lifetime Devil and the face of the franchise for many years to come.

    If the team needs to make money the last thing they’d do would let the captain and face of the franchise walk away, let alone a year after they came within 2 wins of the Stanley Cup.

    • bmscalise - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:32 PM

      Except that, you know, they made Kovulchuk “that guy” when they gave him that contract. And they play the same position. ZP and the Devils probably have had genuine talks, but if they could give him what he wants, they’d have done it already.

      • martysbetter - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:54 PM

        Except that, you know, Kovy’s cap hit is only 6.6 million and literally the ENTIRE team if off the books after next year – and no, they don’t play the same position anymore, they’re on the same line..

    • martysbetter - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:50 PM

      How about we look into the history books a bit and see if it can’t teach us a thing or two..

      • In 2002 the Devils acquired Jamie Langenbrunner
      • He had a career year in 2003 and New Jersey went on to hoist their 3rd Stanley Cup.
      • Langenbrunner had an injury plagued year in 03-04 and then missed another year in the NHL due to the lockout.
      • He came back from missing an extended time due to injury and proved himself scoring 53pts in 80 games and lead scoring in a playoff run where New Jersey was eliminated in the finals.
      • On July 1, 2006, Langenbrunner showed his loyalty by re-signing with the New Jersey Devils rather than testing free agency.

      Sound a bit familiar?

      • martysbetter - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:51 PM

        Oh I forgot, the very next year he was named captain of the team.

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:32 AM

        It doesn’t show anything… you’re assuming that Langenbrunner and Parise are both going to, “show their loyalty”. Langenbrunner also wasn’t the far and away best forward in the class.

        Look I’m not saying that the Devils won’t sign him. I’m just saying they have about a 25% shot considering the money available and the other contenders who are also showing interest.

      • martysbetter - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

        @napoleonblownapart6887

        25%, considering the money available?

        Do you realize the Devils have more cap space available than ANY of the other teams rumored to be in the running for Parise?

        New Jersey – $28,045,834
        Detroit – $24,132,955
        Minnesota – $19,769,723
        Pittsburgh – $14,666,667

        Everyone needs to get their head out of their asses and realize the Parise sweepstakes is the Devils’ to lose.

  7. chefklm - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    @ Hockeyfan1701

    The thing is, Geno Pringles is an idiot of the first order. Like Bob Pine & Crosberries, trolls with no lives to live so they think they’re studs here.
    Quite sad really….

    • bobhpine - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:10 PM

      you seem to know me…maybe because you have such a great life.

      who are you again?

      • bobhpine - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:11 PM

        oh you’re a chef…go make me a sandwich

  8. bcisleman - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    ZP says he wants to stay in NJ…and they’re in the running. Fact of the matter is that he is theirs to lose. Only way anyone else even gets a shot is if they refuse to or are unable to make a serious offer.

  9. stakex - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    First of all, Parise has made it clear for a while now he wants to stay with the Devils. In the interview in which he supposedly ruled out going to the Rangers, the thing everyone ignored was that he said several times he wants to be a Devil next year. Whats so hard for people to understand about that? Of course the Devils might not come up with the money to keep him, but thats about all that will force him out of NJ…

    Second, what makes Pittsburgh or the Flyers so likely as Parise destinations in the unlikely event Parise does leave the Devils? If what he said about not wanting to play with a rival team like the Rangers is true, why would he then go to another Atlantic division rival like the Flyers or the Pens? If he truely doesn’t want to play for a rival team hes not going to any of those teams and the Wild are the front runners.

  10. kangarooparm - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    I’m a Ranger fan. And I’m also not dumb (sometimes I am) NJD with Brodeur on the cusp of retirement is not a good choice for an 8 year contract. Sports are cyclical and the Devils have had a stellar 15 year run as a franchise, mostly because of a hall of fame goalie. NJD is due for bad 5 year run like all franchises go through. Zack knows that, his family knows that, his agent knows that. I’d guess 10% chance he stays. Not saying it’ll be the Pens but it’ll be somewhere. That said, Malkin / Crosby would be pretty tough to turn down if the $$$ is there…

  11. ron05342 - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    “We want to try to get things worked out with New Jersey.”

    Then why are you waiting for after July 1, Zach?

    He is saying all the right things, after all, he is a captain of an NHL team. He knows how to talk to the media. The real story here is he wants to see what Detroit, Pittsburgh, and in particular, Los Angeles is going to offer in terms of money and in terms of what is his best option at going after the Stanley Cup?

    As I wrote in another Parise topic, the fact that Penner hasn’t been locked up yet by the Kings (he meets with L.A. brass tomorrow) speaks volumes about the Kings going after Parise. I don’t believe they can offer up the money either Detroit or Pittsburgh can, but they are in the mix. Penner may get the same treatment that Gagne got last year…with the Kings telling Penner to please wait a while while we see what we can land in the free agent arena.

    I really think he isn’t going to resign with New Jersey. Still, should be an interesting weekend and the next few days afterwards.

  12. foovana - Jun 27, 2012 at 6:59 AM

    The Devils actually have a nice nucleus, with Parise. Along with Kovy they have nice vets with Clarkson, Zajac, Elias, and Zubrus (he would be a nice salary dump player for a mid-round pick). Young players in Josefson and Tedenby. Bring back at least 2 of the 3 from the 4th line. Maybe all 3. None will be a big cap hit. Even losing 1 they could replace that 1 with Zharkov. On the blue line vets like Volchenkov, Greene, and Tallinder are solid. Larsson and Fayne are real nice young d-men. Gelinas, Merrill, and Urbom waiting in the wings. I think it would be a nice move to give a nice goalie prospect like Wedgewood a shot at backing up Marty this season before taking over a year from now. Devils will not have a bad run anytime soon.

  13. foovana - Jun 27, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    Zidlicky is a solid puck mover on the blue line as well. If anything they could move a vet like Tallinder for a mid-rounder as well to clear space. They are in good shape and Lou always knows what he is doing.

  14. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jun 27, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    hell be in a soup can army uniform come next sunday. he doesnt want to play in new jersey anymore cus it smells from being so close to philthadphia. what ray shero wants, ray shero gets. respect the franchise cus youll all be jumping on our bandwagon soon as parise signs. the all-star soup can franchise army has spoken. suck it

    • govtminion - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      I truly feel sorry for someone who has to pull ridiculous crap like this to get attention.

  15. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    exactly. parise wants to win a cup and having 2 of the most ridiculous lines in nhl history would have to get him fully torqued. its game over if he comes to the franchise and if we cant get suter then hopefully we can sign wideman

  16. purpleguy - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    The question I have on signing with NJ, is how in heck do they sign him when they have absolutely no money available to pay a signing bonus — are they going to give him an IOU? Economically NJ just can’t realistically compete, and that’s even with all the post-season dough. He’d have to be pretty dang loyal and willing to take a flyer on an economically troubled team.

  17. jm583 - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Come to Dallas Parise. We have a TON of cap space, a new owner with deep pockets, and no state income tax. And, ice girls.

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