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Parise, Devils continue working on long-term deal

Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:04 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

The speculation was rampant when Zach Parise re-inked with the Devils for just one season.

You could hear the panic out of New Jersey. The anticipation was equally as loud from fan bases all across the NHL, hopeful for a shot to get one of the game's young Stars next offseason.

Well everybody can calm down. Parise talked about his offseason negotiations at the media tour in New York City today, saying in no way does the short contract indicate a desire to leave New Jersey. From NHL.com:

"We talked about both," Parise said of discussing short- and long-term deals. "Without getting into too much detail with respect to everyone involved, we came down to that and that made the most sense. We said it right after we signed it, that we were going to keep talking. It's not as if we're not going to talk until next June 30. We'll keep going and keep working on it.

"I know people's initial reactions are, 'Oh, it's one year and get out of there.' But that's not how it went down, that's not how it worked out. We'll keep trying to figure it out."

Until last season, Parise had avoided injuries throughout his six-year career. But surgery on his knee limited him to just 13 games last season. But go back to 2008-09 when Parise scored 45 goals with 49 assists -- he has scored more than 30 goals in each of his past four full seasons -- and you can understand why he is so coveted.

If he is able to return from the surgery and show his old form once again, it will go a long way toward getting the Devils back into the playoff picture after a staggering fall last season. Oh, and he'll ensure he'll get the handsome salary that's been coming his way.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:33 pm
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Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Remember who posted this story-- the NY POST.....

Benefits of playing for the Devils--ZERO TRAVEL, Close to home (where grew up), going to be double shifted during crunch time, Everyone loves him, Going to be competetive-- (Regardless of the nonsense story about the Devils financial state----Contracts are guaranteed and their is a FLOOR on the Salary cap).  Look at the other options........

Negatives?  NY POST posting an article that had zero teeth.  He could certainly go and play for.........Nashville, NY/KC ISLANDERS/ Dallas stars/live in minnesota with the Wild and suck, Live in Ohio with Columbus and suck/ Play in phoenix and suck/ Play in Los Angeles and spend half your life on a plane (or any other western team for that matter)/ play for the Lightning/or Panthers-- NOBODY CARES (season tickets 300 bucks a year), go to buffalo---(lost half of its population), play in Boston *They win every 40th year), or be a sellout and go to detroit and LIVE THERE.
 



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: September 12, 2011 10:30 am
 

Parise, Devils continue working on long-term deal

Certainly it isn't based on past history.
History isn't fixing some of the problems in the roster.    They have a ton of questions with the defensive ability of the offensively challenged young wingers as it is, with Zajac down, NJ's weak center position is even weaker, and they don't have a reliable puck moving defenseman, throw in Brodeur's rough and injury plagued year last year and I think there is plenty of reason to think NJ won't have a quick resurgence beyond the hope for a 7th or 8th seed.    Too many holes, but I think they'll be more competitive than last year.  

Given the way Lou has positioned his contracts, I think he will be set up to rebuild the roster into a very formidable team for 2013, but I wouldn't be surprised if this year ends up being a "fire sale" in mid-Feb.   Depending on how many roster moves (call ups/downs) we see the first 40 games (especially the first 20) or so, we should have an idea of how serious Lou takes the ability of this team to compete with the better teams in the East.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 11, 2011 6:15 am
 

Parise, Devils continue working on long-term deal

Based on the fact Parise will be back in the lineup. Based on how the  team ended the season and just fell short of a playoff spot.
What are you basing a Devils' failure on? Certainly it isn't based on past history.



Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 11:12 am
 

Parise, Devils continue working on long-term deal

GREATNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Parise, Devils continue working on long-term deal

 I think the Devils play a lot better this season.
ehhhh.... what are we basing this on??? 





Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Parise, Devils continue working on long-term deal

It was a bad season. A fluke. I think the Devils play a lot better this season.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:53 pm
 

Parise, Devils continue working on long-term deal

he'd be crazy to sign before seeing what kind of team they have.



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:41 am
 

Parise, Devils continue working on long-term deal

81 points is why. 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 9:18 am
 

Parise, Devils continue working on long-term deal

Umm, really? Why?


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