- Katie Strang, ESPN.com
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As recent indications suggested, the Devils' top two players have become unrestricted free agents.
Both captain Zach Parise and future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur chose to test the market, which opened Sunday at noon.
Parise, who is represented by Wade Arnott, is fielding offers from Newport Sports Management's offices in Mississauga, Ont. Among Parise's many suitors, the Minnesota Wild are expected to be aggressive in their pursuit.
His hometown team (Parise hails from Minneapolis) announced via their official Twitter account that they have already submitted contract offers to both Parise and coveted free agent defenseman Ryan Suter.
According to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, the Philadelphia Flyers have also submitted offers to both players. The Detroit Red Wings, estimated to be the front-runners in landing Parise (potentially both Parise AND Suter), were preparing to send a delegation to Toronto to meet with the 27-year-old winger and his agents in person, LeBrun said, although they have since scrapped that plan.
No word yet on Brodeur, although a source indicated to ESPNNewYork.com that Devils GM Lou Lamoriello went hard in the hours before the market opened in attempt to re-sign the franchise goaltender.
The Blackhawks are believed to have expressed interest in the 40-year-old veteran.
Defenseman Bryce Salvador, backup netminder Johan Hedberg, and trade deadline acquisition Alexei Ponikarovsky also became UFA's at noon.
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