Courting season for Parise

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Devils forward Zach Parise scored 31 goals and tallied 38 assists in 82 games last regular season. (Matt Slocum/AP)

    The Flyers will be among numerous teams interested in talking with New Jersey star left winger Zach Parise when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

    Understandably, Parise was in no mood to address his status after the Kings won the Stanley Cup by blasting his Devils, 6-1, on Monday.

  “I’m not talking about that,” he told reporters in Los Angeles.

   Parise had just one goal in the Finals; the Devils want to re-sign him.

    “I think Zach is a big thing the organization has to take care of first, no doubt about that,” goaltender Marty Brodeur said. “They need to try to lock him in and lure him into staying. He’s a franchise player and a guy the fans love. As a captain, he’s a great leader and he did a great job first year as a captain to bring a team counted out early in the season to what we accomplished.”

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    Former Flyer Simon Gagne was one of the first Kings to skate around the ice with the Stanley Cup. It was a greatest snapshot of his underrated career.

   A few minutes later, in the sweetest moment of their careers, Mike Richards handed the Cup to his best friend, Jeff Carter.

    Richards on the Flyers organization: "They taught me how to be a winner."

    He then said this about the Kings: “This is the closest team I've ever been a part of."

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