NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — That was quick.
He said the team’s decision was “just precautionary” and admitted “it’s the smart thing to do right now.”
“We talked about it,” said Parise. “It’s not what I had planned but I definitely think it’s the smart idea with us not going to the playoffs.”
Parise returned Saturday after missing roughly five months following surgery on his right knee.
“I didn’t re-injure it,” Parise said. “My body was definitely sore but by no means did I re-injure it.”
“There has been no setback from his operation,” Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said. “The only setback is he’s sore everywhere in his body.”
Devils coach Jacques Lemaire refused initially to say why Parise wasn’t playing.
New Jersey closes out the season with a game in New York against the Rangers on Saturday and a home contest against Boston on Sunday. New Jersey failed to qualify for the postseason for the first time since 1996.
“He can play. He’s fine,” Lamoriello said. “We’re not in the playoffs, so we’re not going to risk anything.”
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