There were indications the Devils finally were trying Saturday night to sign Zach Parise, though it still appeared unlikely that general manager Lou Lamoriello could keep his captain from becoming an unrestricted free agent Sunday.

Martin Brodeur's situation remained uncertain last night. Several sources believe Brodeur is headed toward Sunday's superstar supermarket because the Devils did not offer a deal approaching last year's $5.2 million salary.

It is believed defenseman Bryce Salvador will hit the open market, along with backup goalie Johan Hedberg. There are likely to be several bidders for Salvador if he becomes unrestricted today, with Detroit again among the interested.

After the playoffs ended, Brodeur did say he would go to today's start of free agency, so perhaps, perhaps, his hiring of super-agent Pat Brisson does not herald the end of his 19-year career with the Devils.

If Lamoriello fails to re-sign Parise, the left wing is expected to field a host of offers today with his agents outside Toronto. Though teams will want a quick decision from the Devils' captain so the spurned can chase other quarry, Parise may take a day or two to weigh the offers.