Latest Devils News – April 12, 2011.

Updates on the status of Zach Parise, Brian Rolston, Andy Greene and Johan Hedberg.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tom Gulitti reports re-signing Zach Parise, upgrading the defense, finding a successor for Martin Brodeur and being smart with their salary cap are amongst the keys to the New Jersey Devils off-season. Parise is still waiting to see where he fits into the Devils off-season agenda as contract talks have not yet begun, though GM Lou Lamoriello admitted re-signing him is a priority. Parise has said he hopes to remain a Devil. Free agent defenseman Andy Greene also hopes to re-sign with the club, while backup goalie Johan Hedberg isn’t sure if the Devils will re-sign him or if he’ll return with the club, as he’d prefer to be closer to his family near Atlanta. He said he intends to sign with an NHL team and has no desire to play overseas, adding when he returns to Sweden it’ll be as a retired player. Fellow UFA Adam Mair also expressed hope of re-signing with the Devils.

NJ.COM: Rich Chere reports veteran forward Brian Rolston, who has one year remaining on his contract, also hopes to return with the team next season. Rolston saw reduced ice time earlier in the season and was placed on waivers but went unclaimed, yet his play improved when Jacques Lemaire took over the coaching duties at mid-season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Devils will likely open contract talks with most of their free agents, especially Parise, in the near future, and I expect they’ll try to re-sign him to a long-term extension, but I also expect they could file for salary arbitration to make him ineligible to receive an offer sheet. If Hedberg hopes to be closer to his family he might want to consider Tampa Bay or Florida, as it’s unlikely the Thrashers would be interested in bringing him back, plus it’s possible that club could be sold and relocated this summer. Rolston has a “no-trade” clause but even if he agreed to waive it I doubt there would be much interest in him. The Devils are stuck with his salary for one more season.

5 Comments

  1. i know the numbers would take a lot to work out but, as much as i hate them, wouldnt vancouver be able to make a semi decent pitch for parise… devils need a new goalie and vancouver has schnieder that they will never use… you add hodgeson and another prospect and then some salary to make it fit you could have a decent deal

  2. vancouver doesn’t need parise……and actually, Schneider got 25 games. So i guess that’s almost like using him. Smart comments.

  3. Theres always one jerk in the stands and it happens to be the guy in the tuxedo t-shirt.. I think what Leafsfan meant was that vancouver has many more feasible options for a back up goaltener with not as much trading power as Schneider, that could result in similar results behind Luongo. So it would make sense to use that privilege to bring in star depth that had more relevancy than a star back up goalie to their team.

  4. Well put Bern. Its abotu using assets that aren’t essential moving forward, but still very valuable to bring in the core assets. Who wouldn’t want Schneider as a backup? But wouldn’t you rather have Parise in your line up instead?

    Heres something else to consider. Given Luongo’s age (32) his trade value is never going to be better moving forward. If Schneider is the real deal, does Vancouver look at what they could get in return for a trade involving Luongo?
    And please note folks, that before anyone goes off with wild comments of me being a moron, I am not saying they’re going to do that, they are thinking of doing that or they should do that. But I do think that at the end of the season it’s important to take stock of everyone on the roster and consider where they sit in the direction of your team moving forward. I just think it’s an honest question that I wonder if Vancouver asks themselves, especially since its in thier best interests to move a goalie (Schneider) in the next year.

  5. I’m sure a lot of teams are looking to vulture Parise. I think he’ll be signed for 7 mill over 5 or 6 years. I’m actually not sure if they’ll retain Greene. Mair could be resigned on a bargain. As for Rolston, they can’t really do anything other than keep him.