Zach Parise: Why Martin Broduer's Return Will Lead Winger Back to New Jersey

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIJuly 3, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06:  Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils shoots the puck as goaltender Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings lays on his back in the third period in Game Four of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Zach Parise is one of the most coveted free agents on the market, but legendary goaltender Martin Brodeur’s return to the New Jersey Devils will ensure that the winger also stays put. 

Brodeur re-signed with the Devils for two more years on a contract worth $9 million, as noted by ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun

Now, the Devils will turn their full attention to retaining Parise. Even Brodeur is helping out their cause, as TSN’s Mark Masters reported via Twitter. 

Parise on Brodeur: 'We've definitely been in contact'

— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) July 2, 2012

Parise is a 27-year-old left winger who scored 69 points for the Devils this past season on 31 goals and 38 assists. His most productive season came in 2008-2009 when he was the fifth most productive offensive player in hockey, with 94 points on 45 goals and 49 assists. 

He is a talented player who has been the team's captain since 2011, and was instrumental in the Devils’ recent run to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. If the team hopes to repeat its success from this past year, they will need to re-sign Parise. 

Bringing Brodeur back was the first step towards another Stanley Cup run. The goalie is a future Hall of Famer and raised his level of play in the postseason. 

His new contract is a signal from the Devils that they have no interest in looking towards the future, and that the team wants to win now. 

New Jersey proved that it has a championship-caliber roster, and the front office is doing the right thing by trying to retain its key players. 

Despite the club’s financial problems, executives have assured Parise that they will be able to re-sign him, as noted by Masters via Twitter. 

Parise denies Devils financial situation is factor in decision-making process: 'In speaking with Lou he said that won't be a problem'

— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) July 2, 2012

But the Devils will face plenty of competition, as Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times notes that the Detroit Red Wings, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Carolina Hurricanes and the Minnesota Wild are all interested in the winger.

But New Jersey is the only team Parise has ever played for, and if they can offer a competitive wage, the 27-year-old will be intrigued by their offer. 

The main factor that will pull him back towards New Jersey will be Brodeur. The legend likely just signed his last contract and will be playing the final two seasons of his career. 

He will be extremely motivated to get one more title before he retires, and has likely communicated this to Parise. 

If Brodeur tells Parise that he needs him to win the Stanley Cup, and the Devils offer the winger a respectable contract, he will return to New Jersey for next season.