The Devils are starting an offseason full of disappointment, and it hasn’t started off like they would have liked. After losing in the Stanley Cup Finals to the Los Angeles Kings, they have now lost one of their best players. Will the Devils rebound and be back in the mix in NHL picks next season?
It didn’t start well for the Devils, as Zach Parise is leaving New Jersey, and joining forces with Ryan Suter in their new home in Minnesota. Normally the American north isn’t a sought after destination for pro sports free agents, but the Wild have unloaded, much to the dismay of Devils and Preds fans.
Parise signed a 13-year, $98 million deal, which will average around $7.5 million per season, and keep Parise in Minnesota until he reaches the ripe old age of 40. It shouldn’t shock Devils fans too much that Parise took the Wild over New Jersey. The Wild is Parise’s hometown team, and the fact that they just spent almost $200 million in the last few days, gives you the impression that they are in it to win it.
Now the Devils have some other things to take care of. New Jersey has taken care of some of their own, re-signing Martin Brodeur, Johan Hedbrug and Bryce Salvador to two and three year deals. However, the Devils are faced with some money problems right now, so don’t expect them to shell out Wild money. See what I did there?