Can the Devils return to the Cup?

One step from a title in 2012, Zach Parise might improve his odds elsewhere

Originally Published: June 12, 2012
By Neil Greenberg | ESPN Insider
Zach PariseEd Mulholland/US PresswireZach Parise may be better off chasing the Cup with another team in 2012-13.

Last year, the New Jersey Devils put together an impressive run, going 20-9-1 in the last 30 games, only to end their 13-year streak of qualifying for the postseason. This year, they finished in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, sixth place in the Eastern Conference, and returned to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since they won it all in 2003.

Now just hours removed from a loss to the Los Angeles Kings in the finals, there are a number of key questions facing the Devils heading into the 2012-13 season. The most important question, however, is: Was this Devils team a fluke?

Neil Greenberg is ESPN Insider's NHL analytics expert. His columns have appeared on the Washington Post website, and he is a regular guest on Sirius XM NHL Radio.