Winger Zach Parise has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the New Jersey Devils, becoming the latest NHLer to avoid going to salary arbitration.
Although the two sides have a contract in place, which allows them to cancel the Aug. 3 arbitration hearing, they are still trying to put together a long-term deal, according to general manager Lou Lamoriello.
Parise, 27, played just 13 games last season before tearing a meniscus in a game against the Los Angeles Kings Oct. 30. He had surgery on the knee and missed the remainder of the season.
The former first-round draft pick made $5 million in 2010-11 and would have expected a big raise. If the Devils can¹t get him signed to a multi-year contract, he will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season.