Various sources report this evening the New Jersey Devils have avoided salary arbitration with winger Zach Parise, inking him to a one-year, $6 million contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: GM Lou Lamoriello claimed this was by mutual consent to avoid the arbitration process, and will continue to try to re-sign Parise long-term. For now, Parise’s back for another season, but don’t assume this means he’ll bolt the Devils next summer via the UFA market. It appears both sides remain keen on getting a longer deal in place at some point prior to next July.

This signing also means only two players remain scheduled for arbitration hearings next week: Nashville’s Shea Weber (August 2nd) and NY Islanders’ Blake Comeau (August 4th).