NHL Free-Agent Rumors: The Latest Information on Zach Parise

Tom Urtz Jr.Contributor IJune 13, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - MAY 21:  Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils speaks to the media after they defeated the New York Rangers 4 to 1 Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Prudential Center on May 21, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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"No way." That was Zach Parise's response to reporters on Wednesday when he was asked about the possibility of becoming a New York Ranger via free agency.

On Wednesday, Parise and the rest of the New Jersey Devils met with the media for breakup day.

Parise was asked inadvertently about his future a few times until Andrew Gross, Rangers' beat writer for The Record asked Parise directly:


Direct quote from Zach Parise on Rangers: "No way."

— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) June 13, 2012


Asked three different times, Devils captain Zach Parise said he can't see himself playing for Rangers, doesn't want to consider it.

— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) June 13, 2012



Parise is set to become the biggest free agent in recent years on the free-agent market.

He is expected to loop in more money than Brad Richards did in the offseason.

By eliminating the Rangers, Parise eliminated a potential big market team's offer to pit against other offers made by teams like the Detroit Red Wings or the Minnesota Wild

However, it seems like Parise is no longer in for the big money but rather, he would prefer to stay in New Jersey even if it many not be financially possibly for Devils' ownership.

Dan Rosen of NHL.com was present at the breakup session and had this to say in regards to Parise's priority of remaining a Devil:

In fact, Parise was asked flat out if he could see himself in another uniform, and he said no."I like the people here. I like the staff and my teammates. I like the area," Parise said. "There's a lot of good things about this place. I have always liked playing here, that's never changed. We'll see where this takes us right now, but this is a great place to play and I love playing here, I love being here."

Right now, Parise is a New Jersey Devil. In his mind, he wants to remain a Devil, but will he feel the same way on July 1st when a team like the Wild or Red Wings offers a big contract for Parise?

Detroit offers players like Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and head coach Mike Babcock's history of success. 

Minnesota is expected to push hard and has the hometown angle to use in their attempt to persuade Parise. They also are expected to push the hardest and are expected to offer the most money.

Lou Nanne, a former G.M. of the Wild had dinner with Wild owner Craig Leopold and had this to say in a radio interview with KFAN Sports:

No one is going to outbid the Wild. So if Parise goes somewhere else, you can bet he’s going for less money. What I said is, ‘the kind of money that they’re going to offer him, he might as well just come here and own the team and in his later years, win the Stanley Cup as an owner.

With the NHL draft slowly approaching, free-agent and trade rumors are starting to emerge and take shape.

What we know now is that Zach Parise will not be a Ranger on July 1st and if the Devils can't scrounge up the appropriate funds, Parise will be headed onward to start the next chapter in his young career.