The Devils have a month from tomorrow to trade their captain. At the All-Star break, the Zach Parise conundrum is their biggest issue.

Johnny Oduya, Nicklas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier and a first-rounder is about what they could hope to receive for Parise and a defense prospect, since that's what the Devils gave up to rent Ilya Kovalchuk two years ago. The situations are comparable.

Parise can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. If the Devils can't afford to sign him — guess $80 million over 10 years — in their desperate financial straits, they'll lose him for nothing.