“We have done that before,” Lamoriello said. “We just don’t publicize it. We’ve done it with other people that you don’t even know about. We just don’t talk about it, but we have done it.”
Most recently, after Parise’s departure in the summer of 2012, he negotiated an extension with center Travis Zajac that was nearly completed before the lockout began on Sept. 15 of that season. The deal was announced shortly after the lockout ended.
Goaltender Martin Brodeur was critical of the Devils a few weeks ago for waiting too long to try to re-sign Parise. Lamoriello did try to sign Parise to a long-term extension the summer of 2011 when he was a restricted free agent, but Parise has said multiple times that the Devils made no attempt to open contract negotiations the previous summer – the year he before his contract expired and the summer in which they eventually re-signed Ilya Kovalchuk to a 15-year, $100 million contract.
“We did it for two years,” Lamoriello said of trying to re-sign Parise before adding, “There were extenuating circumstances involved with ownership.”
Regardless, it sounds clear Lamoriello will attempt this summer to get Schneider (and possibly Greene) locked up this summer.
“It’s sometimes confidential,” Lamoriello said of such contract discussions. “We did it with Scott Stevens. We did it with Marty Brodeur. It’s just that we don’t put everything in the papers because there are certain people that you don’t do it with. So, if you talk about it and you don’t do it with some and you do it with them, you’re not being respectful to those players. And it’s as simple as that. I don’t care what people think, but that’s my thought process.”
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