Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 10/7/11
Zach Parise was named team captain of the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday, making him the ninth captain in the team's history. Parise, 27, is coming off a fairly serious knee injury that cost him most of the 2010-2011 season, and he is in the midst of contract negotiations that cannot be resolved until January 1st, the first day that the league will allow the Devils to re-sign him. The contract issues will ultimately linger around the team for the first few months of the season, as Parise would be one of the biggest free agents to enter the market if he can not reach a deal. Trade rumors have already begun to swirl, including sending him to the Los Angeles Kings for Drew Doughty, and they will continue well into the regular season. So was naming Parise captain the right move? Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk, the team's alternate captains, believe that it is "Parise's time" to lead the Devils according to Devils.com "We know what he brings to the team and I think the time is ...
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