If the Devils plan to lock up left wing Zach Parise to a long-term deal this off-season, that’s news to him.
Parise confirmed that he has “parted ways” with his agent, but it was not in anticipation of negotiating an extension with the Devils in the summer.
You wonder on every goal he allows. You wonder on every save he makes. You wonder on every breath Evgeni Nabokov takes.
OK, so that last line might be a Russian song lyric. But you wonder — no, you realize — that Nabokov’s lasting legacy with the Sharks is being defined right here in these Western Conference finals.
So far, it is not going well. Not well enough, at least.
New Panthers general manager Dale Tallon implied Tuesday he won’t sign very expensive free agents this summer: “I don’t know if it’s necessary to do that. There are other priorities now, to rebuild through the draft.” He supports signing a high-end player when a team needs one piece “to put you over the top.” . . .
CHIP ALEXANDER – Staff writer
RALEIGH — It appears winger Ray Whitney and defenseman Anton Babchuk will be with the Carolina Hurricanes next season, general manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday.
And Rod Brind’Amour ? Still pending.
Matt Cullen hasn’t ruled out a return to the Senators.
The centre, acquired from the Hurricanes in February in exchange for defenceman Alex Picard and a second-round pick, said Monday his agent, Pat Morris, has held preliminary talks with Ottawa GM Bryan Murray about a new contract.
Cullen, 33 , who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, was one of the Senators’ top performers in the playoffs, recording three goals and five assists in their first-round loss in six games to the Penguins.