NHL Free Agents 2012: What Martin Brodeur's Re-Signing Means for Zach Parise

Amy Streifer@AmyStreiferCorrespondent IJuly 2, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 17: Zach Parise #9 and Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils celebrate their 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Prudential Center on March 17, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Penguins 5-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Earlier this morning Martin Brodeur signed a two-year $9 million contract extension with the New Jersey Devils. There was speculation that Brodeur would test the market as a free agent and possibly transfer his talents to another team, but now it seems inevitable that one of the best goalies of all-time will retire in New Jersey.

Brodeur made it to the final round of the NHL playoffs this season, only to be defeated by the Stanley Cup championed Los Angeles Kings. Despite the loss, the Devils are one of the best teams in the NHL and proved in the postseason they are one of the tougher teams in the league. With Brodeur's extended contract brings questions as to what the New Jersey Devils are going to do about Zach Parise.

Parise might be the hottest free agent in the market this season and even Brodeur is standing behind the left winger in hopes that he will return next year in red and black.

“I talked to him a lot yesterday, I talked to him this morning again and will probably talk to him this afternoon,” Brodeur said. “The Devils are right in there for him. He’s really weighing his options right now. Hopefully he’ll make the right decision for him, by no means he’s not thinking about not coming back, that’s for sure.”

The Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota Wild seem to be in the hunt for Parise, but it's still unknown as to where he will be next season.

With Brodeur and his teammates behind him, Parise might end up choosing to go back to the only NHL team he has ever professionally played for. However, if he's offered enough money, he might test the free agency and travel to a new franchise. The Minnesota native is the Devils' captain and he had 31 goals and 38 assists in 82 games this season after being out much of last season with an injury.

Brodeur's signing might have an influence on Parise and he may feel more confident returning next season with his goaltender and three-time NHL Stanley Cup champion Martin Brodeur in net.