I understand why Lou may take Parise to arbitration due to possible offer-sheets, however, if he does go that way and a long-term contract isn't worked out, my understanding is that the Devils would not be able to trade Zach during the season.
I'm not sure the agent would advise this scenario on his own, like you're saying. Guys want security - a 1-year deal is a big risk. Especially for a guy who just missed a full season. Injuries can always strike and Parise has already experienced that. I think most agents are reasonable - while some are very aggressive, most are risk-averse and when you are getting big money no matter what, they'll take the safe big money rather than risky potentially bigger money (unless the difference is very large).
Exactly. The Devils will no doubt offer Parise between $6 and $7 million in a multi-year deal. Is anyone else going to offer significantly more than that? I doubt it. Parise is a small player, he plays an aggressive, physical game. He just came off of a major injury. Unless his agent is a total commision-seaking ********* (see below), I think he will be advised to seek a long-term deal with NJ for his own benefit.
Originally Posted by Saugus
Parise's agent is Jason Arnott's brother. I don't see there being any shenanigans.
...Which means his agent most likely is seeking his client's best interests, not his own. I also highly doubt any shenanigans would be involved since Zach's dad has also been around the block a time or two, so to speak.
He'll be locked up in Jersey for a 3-5 year contract at a reasonable rate considering his skill level.
I'm sure whatever happens, it will be as long and excruciating as possible. Arbitration would be ridiculous, as Parise would only get a 1 year deal, right? Then he'd be unrestricted the next year and bail for another team. Lou will probably low-ball Zach until the last moment, then give him a reasonable, long-term offer.