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NHL notes: Cross the Rangers of Parise's list

New Jersey Devils' Zach Parise celebrates with teammates after the Devils defeated the New York...

New Jersey Devils' Zach Parise celebrates with teammates after the Devils defeated the New York Rangers in Game 6 of their NHL Eastern Conference final hockey playoff game. (REUTERS)

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, Last Updated: 9:03 PM ET

Cross the New York Rangers off the list of Zach Parise suitors.

Parise, who will be one of the most sought-after unrestricted free agents come July 1, had a succinct answer when asked about the possibility of signing with the New Jersey Devils' rivals -- and the team he helped eliminate in this year's playoffs.

"No," Parise said Wednesday, before adding "don't try to get a headline out of this."

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello has said that re-signing Parise, 27, would be a priority. But he'll be seeking a significant increase from the $5 million he made in 2011-12 so the Devils might not be able to afford him.

"We're going to keep all that stuff between Lou and I, as we always have," Parise said. "I've said all along I love playing here. I've always appreciated everything that this organization has done for me. My feelings have never changed."

GOLDWATER GOES TO COURT

It's not like the Goldwater Institute isn't predictable.

As expected, the taxpayer watchdog group filed a lawsuit in an Arizona court Wednesday that throws another wrench into the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to Greg Jamison. Goldwater wants the city of Glendale's vote on the management deal with Jobing.com Arena that Jamison agreed to invalidated.

"Without seeing critical exhibits contained in the arena management agreement such as the arena annual budget or the arena management performance standards, it is not possible to determine the constitutional validity of the agreement," Goldwater Institute president Darcy Olsen said in a release.

Glendale council voted in favour of the 20-year, $325 million arena management deal on Friday. But Goldwater says the city violated a 2009 court order to disclose all lease-related documents in a timely manner.

KOVALCHUK WAS HURT

New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer confirmed Wednesday what most people already suspected -- Ilya Kovalchuk played the Stanley Cup final against the Los Angeles Kings with a back injury.

DeBoer said Kovalchuk was "under 100%" in the final due to a herniated disc but gutted it out against the Kings. The Russian forward was hurt during the second-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers.

"It was quite a bit under 100%," DeBoer said on NJ.com. "It was a back injury. That's not like a broken bone. I thought he showed a lot of guts, a lot of character. He didn't want to come out. That's a testament to his character."

Kovalchuk told NJ.com that he didn't know if the injury needed surgery, adding "I hope not."

BRIEFLY

The St. Louis Blues hired former Ottawa Senators coach Dave Allison to coach their AHL affiliate in Peoria. Allison had been working as a scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins ... The Dallas Stars shuffled associate coach Willie Desjardins to the head coaching gig with the Texas Stars of the AHL. Desjardins made a name for himself with Medicine hat of the WHL before joining the Stars ... CSKA Moscow acquired the KHL rights to forward Alex Radulov from Salavat Yulaev, according to Puck Daddy. The Nashville Predators effectively cut ties with Radulov, opening the door for him to return to the KHL ... The Vancouver Canucks filed for arbitration with forward Mason Raymond rather than make a qualifying offer. Raymond, who had 10 goals and 10 assists in 55 games last season, was scheduled to become a restricted free agent.


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