The post-lockout Devils have relied on Parise for scoring; he has 194 goals and 216 assists in six seasons, with career highs of 45 goals and 49 assists. After being named team captain last summer, Parise stepped up his defensive game, leading the team with 65 takeaways. He also led the Devils to the Stanley Cup Final.
However, Parise has also left New Jersey wanting more. His defensive game has grown, but is miles behind his offensive game. He did captain the team to the Cup final this season, but the franchise has not enjoyed the same success in recent years as they did pre-lockout. Even his offensive development has stalled over the last couple of seasons.
Having said all of that, the Devils would love to keep Zach Parise. He's a bona fide top-line winger, a dangerous goal-scorer and a leader on and off the ice. Unfortunately for New Jersey, re-signing Parise will be an uphill battle, one that they seem to have already lost for the following reasons.