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Martin Brodeur has returned to the Devils but Zach Parise chose the Minnesota Wild.

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NHL Free Agency 2012: New Jersey Devils Sign Krys Barch

The New Jersey Devils have agreed to terms with enforcer Krys Barch. Terms of the deal were not disclosed (via Fire & Ice).

Barch spent 114 minutes in the penalty box last season while splitting 51 games between the Dallas Stars and Florida Panthers. All five of his points (2 goals, three assists) came in his 41 games in Florida. Barch had 12 fighting majors last season.

Barch's agent, Scott Norton, discussed what his client could bring to the Devils:

"So much of the hockey world was standing still for (Zach) Parise and (Ryan) Suter and Krys looked at his role and the way the game is going. There have been definite signs the last couple of years that physical teams are winning the Stanley Cup and certainly teams in that (Atlantic) Division can utilize guys who can both play and be physical. The Devils play the Rangers, they play the Flyers, they play the Penguins. It's a way for Krys to showcase himself with a team that's built on character. That, and the fact that Eastern time zone travel, that certainly looked attractive, certainly more than the left coast."

For his career, the winger has racked up 669 penalty minutes in 304 games. Barch also has 12 goals and 19 assists during his career.

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Zach Parise Signs With Minnesota Wild: Prized Free Agent Leaves New Jersey Devils

Zach Parise will not return to the New Jersey Devils next season.

The prized free agent has chosen the Minnesota Wild as his destination, according to a report from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN on Wednesday. The forward will make $98 million over 13 years, according to LeBrun.

He had also been considering the Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers.

Parise had played all of his seven NHL seasons with the Devils. The 27-year-old had 31 goals and 38 assists for 69 points with the Devils last season. He added eight goals and seven assists in the playoffs to help lead the Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they lost to the Los Angeles Kings.

The Wild also agreed with Ryan Suter on Wednesday, making Independence Day a great day for the organization.

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Zach Parise Free Agency Rumors 2012: Decision Expected Wednesday

After much speculation on where Zach Parise will land, the saga appears to be coming to an end on Wednesday.

According to TSN's Darren Drager, Parise is expected to announce on Wednesday where he will play in the 2012-13 season..

Parise is according to many the biggest prize of this year's free agent crop. The 27-year-old forward has his pick of where his future lies, with the believed frontrunners including the New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota Wild. The Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings are also in the mix with some talk that the Chicago Blackhawks are also involved in the bidding war.

Parise has said that money isn't the biggest factor in his decision, so it's fair to wonder if the Devils -- with whom he has spent his entire -- gain an advantage out of that considering their well-publicized financial issues.

Minnesota also might have the edge, with Parise and his fiance hailing from the area. We'll all know the answer soon enough...we think.

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NHL Free Agency 2012: Bryce Salvador Re-Signs With Devils For Three Years, $9.5 Million

The wait for the final decision of Zach Parise hasn't hampered the New Jersey Devils organization from keeping pieces of its Stanley Cup Final squad. The Devils have reportedly resigned veteran Bryce Salvador to a three-year, $9.5 million deal. The contract is worth an average of $3.16 per season.

Salvador, 36, was considering about a half-dozen offers from other teams, but chose to return to New Jersey, where he compiled four goals and 14 points in 24 postseason games. Salavador's playoff heroics followed a so-so regular season, which featured him tallying just nine assists in 82 games.


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Bryce Salvador 82 0 9 9 18 66 0 0 0 52

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Devils Free Agency Day 2 Recap: Brodeur and Hedberg Return, Parise Decision Still Looms

Martin Brodeur's trip into free agency lasted just one day.

The New Jersey Devils re-signed their legendary goaltender, inking Brodeur to a two-year, $9 million contract. It includes a no-trade clause, and probably ensures Brodeur will finish his career with the same team it started. His average cap hit will be $4.5 million.

The Devils were initially unwilling to offer Brodeur more than a one-year contract. But Lou Lamoriello relented, offering the 40-year old goalie a two-year deal. That helped seal the deal.

"The money was there," Brodeur told Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record. "It was more for one year. It was the two years that was important to me with the lockout (possibly coming). At my age, I went through a lockout before and you lose a lot of money if it happens for a whole year and at my age who knows if in this situation I would have been without a contract without playing a whole year? I just didn't want to have to go through that."

New Jersey also kept Johan Hedberg, signing the 39-year old backup to a two-year, $2.8 million contract. Like Brodeur, Hedberg received a full no-trade clause. He's been better than expected in two seasons with New Jersey, posting a 17-7-2 record with a 2.23 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.

Hedberg kept his family in Atlanta while playing for the Devils, and said the security of a two-year contract helped him stay with the team.

"If it would have been one year, we would have been in the same boat and I probably wouldn't have been able to do that and I don't know what would have happened," Hedberg told Gulitti. "So, I'm very happy that Lou made a commitment and gave me the two years. I'm going to do everything that I can to be as prepared as possible to make sure I can be as good as I can be."

It wasn't all good news. New Jersey is still waiting for Zach Parise to make his decision on where to sign. The unrestricted free agent and Devils captain is considering several teams, and New Jersey remains a strong possibility. After calling a press conference today, Parise announced he wasn't making a decision, instead opting to take time to consider the decision with his family.

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NHL Free Agency 2012: Martin Brodeur Stays With The Devils

The greatest goaltender to ever live is coming back to the New Jersey Devils, this according to TSN.ca.

Martin Brodeur has agreed to a two-year, $9 million contract to remain with the only team he's ever known. After hiring Pat Brisson to be his agent and fielding some calls on the first day of free agency, Brodeur decided to stay in the Garden State after all.

The 40-year-old netminder is coming off of a spectacular run that saw he and his team come up just two wins shy of another Stanley Cup title.


Related: Johan Hedberg Also Back With Devils | What Does Zach Parise Want?

It would have been sacrilegious to see Brodeur in another uniform, after watching his legacy grow to mythical proportions with the Devils. Brodeur of course owns just about every record in the book, including wins (656) and shutouts (119). He also owns three very big and shiny rings.

"All I know is New Jersey," Brodeur told the New York Post. "All my friends are in New Jersey. It was hard that people thought I wanted to leave. I didn't want to do that." [via Pro Hockey Talk]

It's always a shame to watch the great ones finish their career in a foreign jersey such as Michael Jordan and Jerry Rice. Martin Brodeur will not have to worry about that.

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