Another week has passed without the Devils hiring a head coach. There are indications that general manager Lou Lamoriello finally will name one early next week, but who it will be remains a mystery.

One of those most interested to find out is restricted free agent left wing Zach Parise. Although the Devils have an Aug. 3 salary arbitration hearing scheduled with Parise, Lamoriello said he wants to avoid a hearing and re-sign Parise long term.

Parise also has said he would like to stay with the Devils long term. But who could blame him for wanting to see who the coach is going to be - something he said via e-mail this week - before committing to staying in New Jersey beyond next season?

Parise has never hidden that he's less than thrilled with the revolving door behind the Devils' bench since he entered the league in 2005-06. In his six seasons, he's played for six different head coaches, including Lamoriello and Jacques Lemaire twice. Three times, he has endured a midseason coaching change and only once did he have the same head coach in consecutive training camps (Brent Sutter in 2007 and 2008).

When the Devils filed for team-elected arbitration June 17, it guaranteed that Parise will be under contract for 2011-12. If they go to a hearing, however, he would receive a one-year award, leaving him one season away from unrestricted free agency.