Everyone expected the New Jersey Devils to make a big signing after losing captain Zach Parise to the Minnesota Wild. On the contrary—Devils GM Lou Lamoriello did not show much interest in any of this year's free agents.
There were rumors buzzing about the Devils pursuit of former Washington Capitals forward Alexander Semin (via New York Sports World). The possibility of New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk and Semin playing in the NHL together was exciting—both represented Russia in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Since the 2004 NHL lockout, Semin has averaged more points per game than Parise. The Russian sniper could have filled Parise's point totals and then some.
It is hard to tell whether the Devils were simply outbid or whether Lamoriello was all that interested in Semin at all. There is virtually no official trace of any extended effort on Lamoriello's part.
In fact, not much suggests that Lamoriello has made a serious push for any top-tier free agent at all.
In this slideshow are reasons why Lamoriello chose to absorb the loss of Parise and endure the 2012-2013 season without a sizable replacement.