As expected, the Devils filed for club-elected salary arbitration with left wing Zach Parise before Friday's 5 p.m. NHL deadline.

By filing for club-elected arbitration, the Devils prevented Parise from being able to field offer sheets from other teams if he still is unsigned at noon July 1, at which time he would become a restricted free agent.

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello would not comment on whether the sides were close to getting a contract done Friday, but said they intend to continue negotiating.

"We'll continue to work toward a long-term agreement and we'll just go from here," Lamoriello said.

Lamoriello made it clear that filing for club-elected arbitration was to ensure the best chance of re-signing Parise.

"It's simply protecting the [team's] rights," Lamoriello said.

Via e-mail, Parise declined comment on the team filing for arbitration, but did confirm there had been "preliminary discussions" about his contract.