NHL Free Agency 2012: Zach Parise's Dad Wrong to Talk About Son's Future Now

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IMay 18, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16:  Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils controls the puck in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 16, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise will be the most sought-after free agent this summer, and it's no secret that he would be a quality addition to the New York Rangers since they will have salary cap space and a need for another elite offensive player.

With the Devils and Rangers currently battling in the Eastern Conference Finals, the time to discuss Parise's future isn't right now, but his Dad J.P. Parise did so any way, telling Arthur Staple of Newsday:

“Zach likes Torts a lot,” J.P. said. “Zach knows how to work, he doesn’t shy away from the discipline part of it. He’d fit right in there.”

“My son has said he’s waiting until the end of the year to decide anything, and that’s what he’s told me, too,” he explained. “And that’s because he knows I have a big mouth.”

The Devils will certainly offer Parise a lot of money and years in free agency, but turning down Stanley Cup contenders like the Detroit Red Wings or even the Rangers would be difficult.

The Devils are a solid team, but with goaltender Martin Brodeur and several other veteran forwards past their prime, the chances of New Jersey winning the Stanley Cup in the next three to five years isn't great.

Parise's Dad shouldn't be discussing his son's future during the playoffs because it creates an unnecessary distraction for his son.

I'm sure his future is something already on his mind, and he shouldn't have to answer to his Dad's comments when he's trying to beat a great team such as the Rangers.

Parise's dad is obviously excited about his son's future, but he cannot create distractions for Zach while he's three wins from his first Stanley Cup Finals appearance.


Nicholas Goss is an NHL Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and was also the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Final in Boston.