Sources say inquiring general managers are getting the word Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is not dealing unrestricted free agent-to-be Zach Parise before the NHL’s Feb. 27 trade deadline.
Instead, it is thought if the Devils do not want to re-sign Parise in June, they’ll trade his rights to a team that wants an advance shot at negotiations before he becomes free July 1.
The advance payments the Devils are receiving from the NHL do nothing to enhance the team’s attractiveness for a player preparing to sign a deal for the rest of his career.
The financial news was about all that came out of All-Star weekend regarding the Devils, who had no representatives at the skills competition or Sunday’s game. Adam Henrique and Adam Larsson had been chosen as rookie skills competitors, but both bowed out to nurse injuries. The Devils resume the regular season tonight when the Rangers visit Prudential Center.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly admitted Saturday the league is helping the Devils with their cash flow by advancing the team’s share from areas such as the league’s TV deals. They said no loans or grants have been made, nor have the Devils received revenue-sharing, to which they are not entitled. It is believed the NHL informed the Players Association of the advances recently.
The NHL asked to clarify that Michael Gilfillan is the 47-percent owner of the team, rather than Ray Chambers. Gilfillan is listed as vice chairman, with managing partner Jeff Vanderbeek and his 47-percent stake the chairman. Chambers is widely regarded as a major silent backer of the team, aligned with Gilfillan.
The NHL’s admission of its advances to the Devils confirms stories in The Post about the Devils’ ownership issues.
Daly later insisted the league is not overseeing the Devils’ roster or player payroll situation. He did allow that since the league is seeking a solution to the team’s money problems, it is keeping a close eye on the franchise’s financial picture. Where the distinction is made remains unclear.
The Devils signed and called up forward Steve Bernier and also recalled Matt Taormina and Jacob Josefson. ... Henrique (groin) and Travis Zajac (torn Achillies tendon) remain sidelined. ... Andy Greene (fractured toe) practiced for the first time in a month and is possible tonight. Martin Brodeur is expected to be in goal against the Rangers.