Parise, Brodeur mum on future
TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency
|Devils forward Zach Parise (above) and teammate Martin Brodeur are both unrestricted free agents this summer. (RHONA WISE/Reuters file photo)
SUNRISE, FLA. - Neither Zach Parise nor Martin Brodeur had much of an interest in peering into a crystal ball Sunday afternoon.
During a conference call with reporters, the New Jersey Devils captain and goaltender were asked about their respective futures.
Parise is slated to be the best forward available on the free agency market this summer, and speculation already has the Detroit Red Wings at the head of the pack in line to sign the talented 27-year-old.
If the Devils lose Game 6 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal against the Florida Panthers Tuesday, their season is over.
"It's blocked out," Parise said of what his hockey future might hold if the Devils are eliminated. "I don't think about it and I really don't want to talk about it."
Brodeur, 39, also will be an unrestricted free agent, but is expected to return to the Devils rather than retire.
"Career-wise, I don't feel it will be the last (game)," Brodeur said. "But opportunity-wise, you never know. Who knows what position we'll be in this time next year. I just want to keep this going regardless of what the future brings for me."