June 11, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Zach Parise (9) battles for the puck with Los Angeles Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell (33) during the third period of game six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals at the Staples Center. The Kings won the game 6-1 and won the series four games to two. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
Zach Parise told the Bergen (N.J.) Record that he wants to play with the New Jersey Devils next season and that there is "no way" he signs with the New York Rangers this offseason.
Zach Parise is headed for free agency this offseason. The left winger just finished up his one-year contract with the New Jersey Devils and is expected to be a hot commodity after racking up 31 goals and 38 assists during the 2011-12 regular season. Parise apparently has no plans on leaving New Jersey, however, according to the Bergen (N.J.) Record's Tom Gulitti.
Parise said he wants to come back and"no way" he signs with Rangers— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) June 13, 2012
Devils fans have to smile at the dig at the New York Rangers, as well.
Gulitti reported that Parise talked about the 2012-13 season as if he would be in New Jersey. Parise could still be swayed by the promise of more money elsewhere, and the Devils are dealing with some financial issues at the moment. Then again, after winning the Eastern Conference Finals with New Jersey, he may do whatever it takes to remain with a Stanley Cup contender.