New York Hockey: Ryan Suter

Need to know: Devils running out of time

April, 12, 2013

Give the New Jersey Devils this: Even in the face of the inevitable, there is no quit in them.

Down 4-0 to the Boston Bruins by the 3:06 mark of the second period Wednesday night, the Devils kept chipping away, and early in the third they had made it 4-3.

But the results are the results, and so it was that the Devils lost 5-4 and by night's end were that much closer to finding themselves outside the playoff bubble just 10 months after taking the Los Angeles Kings to six games in the Stanley Cup finals.

The loss to the Bruins marked the Devils' eighth straight game without a win. They are in 10th place in the East, only four points out of eighth, but with eight games left you get the feeling watching them that the gap might as well be 40 points.

It is a cautionary tale, to be sure.

The Devils chose not to move captain Zach Parise at last year's trade deadline, and he signed a 13-year, $98 million deal with the Minnesota Wild in the offseason. Would GM and president Lou Lamoriello do the same thing again? Was the trip to the edge of a championship worth the loss of significant assets had he traded Parise? Would those assets have made the difference to a team that has struggled to fill the void created by Parise's departure?

It's worth noting that the same fate awaits the Nashville Predators, the former team of Parise's signing mate in Minnesota, Ryan Suter. The Preds likewise loaded up at last year's trade deadline and hoped to make a long run and, by extension, keep Suter in the fold. Now they will almost certainly miss the playoffs, in part because they received no assets for Suter and have not filled the gap created by his departure.

Undaunted, the Devils followed a similar pattern this year as they chose not to trade David Clarkson, who leads the team with 13 goals and can become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Perhaps Clarkson will stay in New Jersey, where he has become an important part of the fabric of the team. Maybe there will be more laments when the free-agency period begins in July.

The Devils' fade from contention can be attributed to the loss of netminder Martin Brodeur for an extended period this season because of an injury. And that was followed by an injury to star winger Ilya Kovalchuk. Still, as you watched Brodeur, closing in on his 41st birthday, give up five goals to the Bruins on 18 shots, you had to wonder what the plan is moving forward.

The Devils are an uncharacteristic 17th overall in goals allowed per game and do not have a clear successor to Brodeur. They are 27th in goals scored per game and 22nd on the power play; they could not capitalize on a long 5-on-3 advantage situation early in Wednesday's game and gave up two short-handed goals in the first period.

All of which makes you wonder, which is the blip on the radar: last year's run to the final or this year's slide into an early offseason?

Parise and Suter agree to terms with Wild

July, 4, 2012
After four days holding out hope that their captain would return, Devils fans will have to endure a somber Fourth of July holiday.

Zach Parise is headed home.

Both Parise and Suter have agreed to terms with the Minnestoa WIld, a source confirmed to The 13-year-deal is worth $98 million, a source told's Pierre LeBrun.

Parise decision "likely"

July, 4, 2012
Is the wait finally over?

After three days of indecision from 27-year-old star Zach Parise, it appears he will finally announce his choice.

Parise is "likely" to make his decision Wednesday, his agent, Wade Arnott, told in an email this morning.

Coveted free agent defenseman Ryan Suter will unveil his future destination, too.

His agent, Neil Sheehy, announced through Sheehy Hockey's official Twitter account that Suter will make a decision today.

Stay tuned...

Parise decision coming Tuesday?

July, 3, 2012
That appears to be the most likely scenario.

Now on Day 3 of the NHL Free Agency period, the waiting continues for the market's most sought-after players -- Zach Parise and Ryan Suter -- to decide on where to sign, and presumably, spend the rest of their careers.

No pressure, guys.

At least one person close to Parise has indicated that Tuesday will likely be when Parise makes his decision, according to's Pierre LeBrun (Read his morning Cross Checks blog here.)

But, with the magnitude of Parise's choice, another day of indecision like Monday is entirely possible.

Devils GM Lou Lamoriello hasn't been sitting around idly while waiting for Parise to tip his hand, however. After locking up both franchise goaltender Martin Brodeur and beloved backup Johan Hedberg Monday, he locked up veteran defenseman Bryce Salvador to a three-year deal reportedly worth $9.5 million.

Will Lamoriello be able to get the whole band back together?

Stay tuned...

Parise decision expected Monday

July, 1, 2012
The Devils are still in the mix for Zach Parise, but they won't know until Monday if they will be able snatch him up out of what has been one of the most anticipated free-agent sweepstakes in NHL history.

New Jersey remains on Parise's short list of teams he's considering after the first day of free agency, a person familiar with the process told, but the 27-year-old will be taking Sunday night to collect his thoughts and consider his options before deciding.

And although many have speculated that Parise may be itching to play with fellow free agent and friend Ryan Suter, the most coveted defenseman on the market, an additional source told not to assume that their decisions will be linked. Suter will also wait until Monday to make his call.'s Pierre LeBrun has the full story here.

Parise, Brodeur testing market

July, 1, 2012
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'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 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.