Found July 12, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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The New Jersey Devils began life after captain Zach Parise wondering how they replace the leadership, grittiness and production of the guy who had been the heart and soul of their team. Parise, 27, signed a 13-year, $98 million contract with the Minnesota Wild. Two seasons ago, Parise played only 13 games because of a knee injury, and, after he had scored 146 goals over the previous four seasons, his absence was a major key in the Devils missing the playoffs for the first time since 1996. Now, he will score no goals for New Jersey. And you really have to wonder about how the Devils replace what he brought to the ice game in and game out. You also have to wonder about the team losing another marquis free agent, extending a track record that has to be the worst in the league. While there have been built-in excuses for stars leaving New Jersey, reasons that take general manager Lou Lamoriello somewhat off the hook -- and Parise going home to Minnesota is just the latest -- one ...
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