I respectfully disagree. We gave him a very respectable $6m during RFA to avoid arbitration and I have no doubt in my mind Lou offered him a more a lucrative deal than Kovalchuk's. He wanted to go back to Minny with his buttpal and it just so happened that his agent was able to pull a miracle deal so that everyone was happy. If you think Parise (franchise player #1) was butthurt about Kovalchuk getting attention and a big contract, and that's the only reason he jumped ship, that's just completely ridiculous; like no team has ever offered 2, 3, 4 mega contracts to players on their teams without them all getting jealous?
Thing is the Devils can't afford 2 mega contracts let alone one given that JVB's financial situation gets more dire with every passing month.
I know Lou did everything he could to have Parise stay but I doubt he could have afforded or offered one to him that was more lucractive than Kovy's. Devils and Jeff simply can't and couldn't have afforded it. I do however agree that Parise wanted to go to Minny with his bitch boy Suter and since that was his home state that sealed the deal.
I never mentioned in my post it is because Parise was jealous of the Kovy getting the attention, I just feel like Lou's attention was spent far too much that summer on Kovy's contract mess when some of it should have at least gone to Parise and see if there was anything that could have been worked out then.