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Meanwhile, Zach Parise will be holed up in Toronto waiting for offers

Jun 30, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

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Zach Parise‘s day on Sunday should prove to be a fascinating one. While it’s expected he’ll get a big offer from the Pittsburgh Penguins, he’ll be hanging in Toronto with his agents waiting to see what everyone else throws his way.

Parise’s agent Wade Arnott tells Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice that his client will be holed up in the offices of Newport Sports Management while the free agency frenzy kicks off Sunday afternoon.

“He’ll get in later tonight and we’ll walk through this one more time and see where things stand, but he’s always said he’s going to include the Devils whether it’s before we start tomorrow or after,” Arnott said.

Gulitti points out this follows the same method Brad Richards used during free agency last summer. Richards then signed with the New York Rangers, something Devils fans are hoping won’t happen with Parise. The New Jersey captain will have a host of offers to sort through including a possible monster proposal from the Minnesota Wild to play in his hometown.

  1. purpleguy - Jun 30, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    The Pitt take: Come join the soupcan army where you can be the third wheel on a team where 3 players take up 75% of the cap (well, plus Paul Martin), and you’ll be great till Sid the Kid gets his next concussion and Malkin blows out his knee.

    The Detroit take: Come join the city of crime and drugs, doge octopi and play with our geriatric team that lost its best defenseman.

    The MN take: Come join a team that hasn’t been in the playoffs since you played at North Dakota and has no defensemen, but hey, we won’t suck as bad if you sign.

    The NJ take: Come back home even though Marty’s leaving, we’re bankrupt without a plan, and well, we’re still located in NJ.

    • gooterbaby - Jun 30, 2012 at 8:13 PM

      The Wild have been to the playoffs multiple times since he left UND and even won a division title. They have some talented defenseman coming up through the system and will likely sign a veteran like Suter or Carle so that isn’t necessarily true either.

  2. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jun 30, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    when parise signs with the franchise, it will be known through out the sports world as the dream team. everyone should bow to us. god place america and the soup can army

    • comradeast - Jun 30, 2012 at 10:58 PM

      The whole ‘soup can army’ thing is corny.
      If I was a pitt fan, I’d be embarrassed.

      • sportsfreak13 - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:37 AM

        we are

  3. ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 30, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    I’ll take my chances with Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Letang, Sutter, Fluery AND Parise if decides to come here.

    -There are always penalty killers and grinders and bottom 4 defencemen to be had on the cheap.

    -First round picks like Despres, Morrow, Pouliot, Maatta will be playing in the NHL in the next 1 to 3 years.

    -If the cap goes down the pens have to let go of Martin (5) Kunitz (3.75) Orpick (3.75) Niskanen (2.3)Kennedy (2)……..AND replace them all with guys that make NO more than a million a year FINE….DONE….that shaves 11 million off our cap in the blink of an eye.

    Game changers like the ones I listed above can’t be replaced .SO….keep the game changers within the core together, fill out the rest of the roster as best you can, and you always have a shot. And, “a shot” every year is all a team needs. JUST ASK PREVIOUSLY 8TH SEEDED L.A.?

    • flyers22 - Jun 30, 2012 at 11:54 PM

      go back to playing nhl 12 gm mode dude that will never happen

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:44 AM

        Well “dude” you can think what you want but martin is already on the trading block……kunitz only has two years left in pittsburgh and while he brings alot of things like (scoring, grit and toughness) HE IS REPLACEABLE……..kennedy is a free agent after this coming season, and can only hit the net 5 to 6% of the time and orpick’s production has steadily declined since the cup run. Sooooooo I don’t need to play video games to realize that leadership and intangibles only count for so much.

        Do I want Orpick to stick around? Hell yes! Do I love everything Kunitz brings? Without a doubt! But if leadership and intangibles were more important than production then Carter and Richards should have sunk LA with their “rumored” partying and “me first” attitude.

        The fact remains that L.A. brought in two high profile guys that were run out of Philly because of a couple pictures in a bar……..Now being a pens fan it serves Philly right that they went and won the cup with L.A………But, spare me the “his intangibles are priceless” speech

        Ryan Malone was a wonderful teammate a great player and a penguin through and through..we got by without him. Colby armstrong was a wonderful teammate, a power forward with skill and the captain’s BEST FRIEND….we got by without him. Ryan Whitney was a wonderful teammate a power play quarterback and considered our best young defenceman at the time….do I need to say it again?

        Every one of those guys produced less after leaving us. How’s Goligoski doing? Oh thats right he only had 9 more points than Matt Niskanen and Dallas missed the playoffs again AS DID TAMPA AND TORONTO AND EDMONTON.

        You keep living in this archaic dreamworld thinking grit, toughness and character automatically gets you into the playoffs. I once saw a shirt on a player that said “They don’t pay me for my disposition”……..That pretty much sums up reality in any walk of life. Proof is in results and game changers produce results.

    • ron05342 - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:19 AM

      Here is the difference (and it coincides with your nick):

      The Kings play defense.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:02 AM

        Well when you score more goals than anyone else in the league without the best player in the world for 75% of the season you might convince yourself you don’t need to.

        Keep in mind it was the same group of defencemen that were 7th in total goals against just one year earlier.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:48 AM

        How many Stanley Cups did they win in those 2 years? Have you ever noticed that Stanley Cup teams are built by teams playing good defense with a grinding forecheck and scoring timely goals? Just look at the Pittsburgh team when Cindy won her only cup.

  4. ron05342 - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    Late reports are “sources” saying he is leaning towards Los Angeles.

    ”Hockey Buzz Eklund ‏@Eklund
    Been hearing Parise to the LA kings since November…and still tonight sources leaning that way”

    • flyers22 - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:30 AM

      the best player in the world wasnt on your team for 100% of the year, claude giroux is on the flyers.

  5. charleslouis99 - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    would you pens fans calm down he’s not going to Pittsburgh it just doesn’t make any sense why he’d go there and I wouldn’t believe anything that eklund says but parise to LA is a given

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