Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Parise declines to discuss future
By Katie Strang
LOS ANGELES -- Still trying to grapple with the sting of a season-ending blowout loss to the Kings in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, Devils captain Zach Parise was in no mood to address his future.
The 27-year-old winger, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, declined to discuss his plans in the aftermath of the Devils' postseason exit.
"I'm not talking about that," he said after his team's 6-1 defeat.
Midway through the season, Parise halted all questions concerning his status with the team -- whether he would remain with the organization that drafted him or test the market as one of the most coveted free agents in NHL history -- and he did not seem ready to address the situation Monday.
An emotional, upset Parise appeared crushed after the game, in which the Kings buried the Devils with a three-goal power-play in the first period and went on to secure their first Cup in franchise history.
"I think we can all look at each other and say we gave it our best, we really did," Parise said. "We just came up short, unfortunately."
Parise would not comment about his future, but veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur did. Brodeur said the situation must be the Devils' top priority moving forward.
"I think Zach is a big thing to the organization. They have to take care of that first," said Brodeur. "There's no doubt about that. They need to try to lock him and lure him into staying."
Brodeur has a decision of his own to make -- he indicated he will come back but will not make a firm decision until July 1 -- but said it will not be linked to Parise's.