If the New Jersey Devils and the filet mignon of the NHL's 2012 free agency class, Zach Parise, don't come to terms by noon on July 1, that doesn't necessarily mean the Devils won't re-sign their star.

At least, that's what Parise was insisting on Tuesday.

The perennial 30-goal-scoring winger told both the Star-Ledger and The Powerplay on Home Ice SirusXM Radio Tuesday that the Devils, the only pro team Parise has ever played for in his seven-year career, are still in the mix.

In fact, Parise explained that he spoke with New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello and both parties are hopeful that they can work out a deal to keep the star with the Stanley Cup finalists.

"If it does happen to get to Sunday, that's by no means saying I don't want to go back to New Jersey," Parise told the Star-Ledger. "I know the perception would be, 'Oh, he wants out.' But that's not the case. I haven't been lying. I've said all along how much I like playing in New Jersey. So that wouldn't be me saying, 'I don't want to play there anymore.' "