In a move that was seen as a bit shocking by some (not many) and as a no-brainer by others, the New Jersey Devils announced today that Zach Parise has been named captain.
Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk will wear the A’s.
Zach Parise was a restricted free agent this off-season, but signed a one-year deal for $6 million on July 29th, just prior to his arbitration hearing.
While some thought naming a player on a one year deal might not be a good idea, especially one that might test the free agent waters once the season is over, most others (including me) thought doing so would be a sign that the team is committed to keeping him around long term.
The team has cleared plenty of cap space to get a deal done with Parise. While negotiations can continue, a new deal can’t be announced until the new year.
Parise is entering his seventh season with the Devils. He played in only 12 games last season after suffering a knee injury. He returned for one game on April 2nd before being shut down for the remained of the season. He had played in at least 81 games in every season before last.
Parise has 163 goals and 341 points in 420 career games, all with the Devils.
To celebrate the signing, here are some Parise pictures and videos.
In other Devils’ news, this year’s version of “Turn Back The Devils’ Clock” goes to Petr Sykora, who signed a one year deal with the team last night for $650,000. Sykora had a solid training camp, and has been playing on a line with Parise and Elias.
Sykora last played in the NHL in 09-10 when he played in 14 games with the Minnesota Wild. His last full season in the NHL was in 08-09 with the Penguins, when he put up 46 points (25g-21a) in 76 games.
He played for HC Plzen (Czech) and HC Dynamo Minsk (KHL) last season, putting up a combined 28 points (13g-15a) in 41 games.
To make room for Sykora, the Devils traded David Steckel to the Leafs last night for a 4th round pick.
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