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“Zach is a priority of the Devils,” Brodeur said. “You have to put pieces together to form a team, and he is a piece of it, like Hedberg is a piece of it. Zach is a franchise player at this stage of his career. We are definitely waiting impatiently for his decision and hopefully he is coming back with us.”

Parise deserves everything he can get in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Brodeur said.

“I wasn’t that much biased yesterday afternoon, but now I am a lot more for him to come back,” Brodeur quipped, adding that Parise has indicated that the Devils are right in the mix on his short list.

“By no means,” Brodeur said, “is he not considering coming back.”