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Parise decision to come Monday

Jul 1, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT

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We won’t know where Zach Parise will sign until tomorrow. Apparently the prized free agent has narrowed his list of suitors and plans to sleep on the decision as visions of dollar signs dance in his head.

As for potential destinations, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Philadelphia and Detroit have reportedly made offers. A return to New Jersey hasn’t been ruled out either. (Not publicly, at least.)

Carolina’s advances have been rebuffed. Ditto for Dallas. And undoubtedly others.

Of note, where Parise lands is very likely to influence where Rick Nash ends up. When asked today if his team was any closer to trading its captain, general manager Scott Howson said, “No.”

  1. tigers182 - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Pittsburgh appears to be in the lead for Parise and Detroit in the lead for Suter.

    • nvandy42 - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:35 PM

      Yea? Your sources tell you that? haha please…. No one knows where he will land. But I’m betting that he wont wanna be the 3rd highest paid player on his team on top of the fact that he wants large chunks of money up front, which Pitt probably wont be willing/able to come through with.

      • miketoasty - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:38 PM

        I guess you didn’t see the article about the offer the Pens made for him which was in fact front loaded.

      • nvandy42 - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:42 PM

        If you think they are gonna offer him 12 mil up front the the first 2 years you’re outta your mind and the Pens would be too. I would be much more concerned with wrapping up the current MVP. Trust me, They’re making Parise an offer with Geno firmly in mind. They have cap space, but not that much…

      • tigers182 - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:25 PM

        According to Kukla, Kyprios, every writer for the hockey news. Does anyone else follow the news or do they just make it up themselves?

  2. hines86for6 - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    according to whom?

  3. martysbetter - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    If it was all about the money, he’d have signed one of many mega-deals offered to him by now – the news of him waiting until tomorrow bodes well for Devils’ fans I’d say.

  4. phillyforlife - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    I did read an article in the Philly papers that said with the extending Crosby it gave the Penguins plenty of room for him. Oh well we will see, love to see him in orange and black.

    • dipspit55 - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:53 PM

      parise wants to win a cup y would he go to philly

  5. dipspit55 - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Trust in Lou Parise is going nowhere

  6. uncledick - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    In Philly, he’d be the highest paid player, quite possibly captain, and get play along side Giroux. You cant leave out the intangibles.

    • billsfan13594 - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:33 PM

      Plus, according to, Philly offered him over $100 mil. That’s hard to turn down.

  7. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    play with an ugly snaggle tooth doucher who had 2 good games – girioux. or play with the allmighty king of hockey – soup can sid. yea i think his decisions made.

    • flyers22 - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:05 AM

      your user name is just about as dumb as your comments the king of hockey ? are u kidding? too bad your king has been kicked off his throne by the new face of the nhl CLAUDE GIROUX !!!

    • bigdong28 - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      wow you’re an idiot…2 good games? 2 good games land you the cover of NHL’13 right? the almighty* king plays different now that he is a concussion away from being forced into retirement. Pittsburgh would be wise to get Parise as Crosby will never be the same player that he was and one more big hit; it’s over.

  8. 81rebel - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    LOL Gotta love how bad the Flyers are in the head’s of the Penguins and their fans, they are already a more deeper team , imagine if they land Zac , yikes…lol the only thing stopping the Flyers right now from being potential SC Finalists year in and year out is that buffoon between the pipes

    • handsofsweed - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      Sure. That’s all. Hey, it’s kinda like the difference between 1975 and 2012.

    • comeonnowguys - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      No dog in the PA fight, but hasn’t Pittsburgh actually won a cup in the span of most NHL players’ lifetimes?

  9. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    yea him and the 40 yr old, the 5 rookies and 1 guy that cant play anymore cus his head hurts

  10. mnskolvikes - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Funny how nobody mentions the top contender, Minnesota. They have the top offer, and also is where Parise grew up, owns a home and where his family lives. I’d say it’s down to New Jersey and Minnesota. Peace ya Qweefs.

    • pshanks62 - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:40 PM


    • handsofsweed - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:04 PM

      Q’s are ALWAYS followed by u’s, you semi-literate ice fisherman.

      • bethgoesglobal - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:08 PM

        Actually that’s not true, in fact very few things are “Always” anything.

      • comeonnowguys - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:47 PM

        People who use “always” are often incorrect.

        There’s about 30 words with Q and no U.

      • slvrbullet86 - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        Obviously you are terrible at Scrabble…

  11. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune (he’s very plugged in) speculates if Minnesota lands Parise, they also land Suter. Apparently the Wild have made extremely huge offers to both. If Parise chooses Pittsburgh, Suter would then choose Detroit. Just his gut feeling.

    Fingers crossed they both come to St. Paul!

    • pshanks62 - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      Personally, I would say the only way Minnesota gets 1 is if they get both, totally makes sense. No one wants to go play by themselves in the middle of nowhere.

      • bethgoesglobal - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:29 PM

        Oh, because Detroit is really in the middle of it all.

      • sizzle299 - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:16 AM

        don’t talk about pittsburgh that way….

    • jrmehle - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:56 PM

      If Fletcher doesn’t land these guys I fear there will be fan mutiny. If it’s a both or none situation, that makes this a high stakes poker game for Chuck.

  12. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    if this kid has any desire to win a cup, he will DEFINATLY not sign with the toilet paper i wipe my muddy anus with minnesota. soup can army gets stronger 2012

    • bethgoesglobal - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:27 PM

      Charming. You know if Parise actually read the comments that people made on this site it would make his decision much easier. Who would want to raise a family around people who have “muddy anus”.

  13. foovana - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    If Philly gets Parise they become the east favorites. Not so for Pittsburgh. They are kinda soft. And I am a Devils fan. If NJ CAN re-sign they remain a contender.

    • baustin128 - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      Parise wants to win. He wont go to a team with a miserable goalie and a questionable defense.

      • sizzle299 - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:18 AM

        don’t talk about pittsburgh that way…

  14. foovana - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    According to Hockey News the Devils ARE willing to break $100m. for an offer in a front loaded contract. They are nearly $25m. under the salary floor.

    • DED - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:30 PM

      No, they’re $25 million under the CAP:

      And they still have to sign a couple goalies.

      They may be able to give Parise $12 mil this year but Elias, Zajac, Zubrus, Clarkson, Janssen and Zidlicky will all be UFA’s next year. And Henrique and Josefson will be RFA’s.

      Lou will be very busy next summer.

  15. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    new jersey wont be a cup contender for the next 20 years. give it up already. philthadelphia is a very soft team like u said. they were exposed in the playoffs. the franchise is the heavily favs to win the cup this year like it should be. SCA

    • bethgoesglobal - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:57 PM

      They were “exposed”- was that before or after they cleaned the ice with Penguin jerseys?

  16. baustin128 - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    In my opinion this comes down to NJ and Pitt with Minnesota as the wild card. He loves NJ and is the captain of a very well respected franchise that just wont the Eastern Conference. Pitt obviously gives him a chance to win every year but it would be a big change. Minnesota will offer him the moon but he is from there but is that enough to get him to go there? I rule out Philly because they have no goalie and a marginal defense and I rule out Detroit because if hes going to play for an aging team that is reaching the end of its era he might as well stay in NJ.

    • pshanks62 - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:08 PM

      Right because if the history of the Red Wings has taught us anything its that they usually fall apart when everyone expects them too, just like how they couldn’t get it done in the salary cap era…oh wait they won a cup…if he signs in Detroit with Suter the “old guys” are more like “end of their prime” guys Pavs and Hank are in their early 30’s along with Kronner, Jimmy is still a kid, and the next wave of players has been waiting in Grand Rapids for 2-3 years, Wings will be contenders for years to come don’t you worry. That being said…I’d rather trade for B. Ryan and be able to add more defenseman then sign Parise.

      • baustin128 - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:19 PM

        I wasn’t knocking the Red Wings. The Wings and Devils have been without a doubt the two best teams of the last 20 years. The point I was making is that the Red Wings really dont have much more to offer than the Devils, so I dont see Parise leaving a situation hes already comfortable with in that sense. Lets not kid ourselves either. Every team has a stable of good young players. Larsson and Henrique are future all stars.

    • paperkid96 - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:29 PM

      While NJ and Detroit being model franchises over the last 20 years Detroit offers ownership stability that NJ cannot. I think that is the only reason ZP started looking in the first place. He seems like a stand-up loyal kid but has reservations about the future of his current club.

      • cmutimmah - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:17 PM

        I love the “Detroit is an old team” shtick….

        Well, you guys can stop with that talk now… Lidstrom retired, Holmstrom won’t be signed… so who are the old guys?

        Bertuzzi is 37, Sammy is 35, and everyone else on the team is 33 and under. Average age of their current roster is 26.9 years.

        With Brendan Smith, Tatar, Nyquist, Emmerton, Mursak, Kindl, Helm, and Abdelkader all 25 and under… this is a team building a young core while still winning.

        I think they will be more involved in a trade, IMO. I can see them trading Filppula after a career year in a package with young talent for Bobby Ryan. I know Nash isn’t going to go inter-division, or I would think they would chase him. I see Detroit getting Suter and trading for a forward, instead of getting in the Parise bid war. Hopefully for them, that happens… otherwise, Detroit will be lucky to keep their playoff streak alive… but on the other hand, we will get a look at all their young talent…

  17. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    i agree with you 110%

    • sizzle299 - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:21 AM

      lets see who can drink more anti-freeze… go first……

  18. pshanks62 - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Definitely to the point where I’m hoping Parise joins Sid the Kid, and screws the Penguins for 12 years, commit way to much $$$ to offense when DEFENSE wins championships. It was true 50 years ago and it still is today. Hence why I’d rather the Wings use their money on Suter, and then add B. Ryan in a trade. If Ryan price is too much I say take a gamble on Semin, or go safer and add Doan. As well as another defenseman such as Salvador or Carle. Wings starting six on defense of Suter, Kronwall, Carle, White, Ericsson, and Smith would be formidable and championship caliber, not flashy but solid. Although, hopefully Ericsson, Kindle and a prospect could land Ryan, maybe two prospects. In which case Wings sign Salvador, Parent, Colin White, or Steve Eminger to take his spot.


    • bethgoesglobal - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:33 PM

      I’ve been thinking all along that the Wings should go after Suter and sign Semin to a short-term contract to see if it works.

  19. rockthered1286 - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    So ZP said no the the Rags because why? Didn’t want to play in the Devils division unless its with NJ. So you expect me to believe he would rather sign with Philly or Pitt (both in the division) despite the fact that he would be on a better team (Rags made it to the conference champs game, pens and Philly no such luck) with a coach in Torts he likes better an knows better? Oh and for less than the wild or wings are offering too!

    Tomorrow he joins the Wings.

  20. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    dream on turd breath. hes not playing with a bunch of old hacks. hell be in black and gold tomorrow where he was destined to make history with the best player in the world. be jealous

  21. bethgoesglobal - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    I love the idea of Suter and Parise ending up with the Wild- mostly because it would be a huge coup. I also think it would provide a major boost of confidence to that team and it would show the Wild fans that the ownership is willing to lay down serious cash to improve the team that they love so much. Despite the Wild being consistently in the bottom half of the league it continues to have one of the highest attendance rates in the NHL.

    I’m not going to hold my breath but I’ll cross my fingers :-)

  22. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    apparently your husband does after he pulls out of your mud ridden hole.

    • bethgoesglobal - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:29 PM

      Sorry, did I give you the impression that I was from Pittsburgh?

  23. quiksilverguy619 - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Everyone on here is funny. People seem to think they know everything about the free agency situation. ZP will go wherever he chooses. same with Suter. ya’ll need to chill and wait to see what happens. you already pissed off your wives/gf’s by spending all day on here anyways…

  24. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    please… claudia is a one game wonder. while soup can polishes off his many trophies and medals, claudia can polish off that video game cover he made it on. hahahaha philthy…. u guys are so funny! soup can strong 2012

  25. broadstbully33 - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    is soup can army some kind of can food drive? are u trying to raise money so pitt doesnt move to kansas city? 2009

  26. GenoPringles - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    The Soupcan Army is the youngest and strongest core of superstars in the NHL today, possibly ever. Can’t wait to add poonpoundinParise to the mix. Filthy probably won’t even make the playoffs next year

  27. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    the franchise will always have more loyal fans than the puke orange and black bandwagon philthy flyers. your team and city are a joke. couturier is your second best player on your team. thats pathetic lol.. not everyone can have the luxury of having two 50 goal scorers and a 40 goal scorer on thier team. soon to be two 40 goal scorers once parise decides to come where stanley cups are won. be jealous. soup can army

    • bethgoesglobal - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:09 PM

      Have you ever watched a game from Philly? Those fans are crazy to the point of being scary!! and not just about the Flyers- check out the Phillies and the Eagles. Philly is probably the only city that I would Worry about wearing a Caps shirt to a game.

  28. broadstbully33 - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    yea cuz philly misses playoffs hahahaha it just doesn’t happen. And pity doesnt have giroux ie the best in the world and coots made malkin look like a ahl player and g destroyed crosby then decided he wanted to score.

    • benzoids - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:43 AM

      You represent Philthy very well.

      • benzoids - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:46 AM

        Let me give you a hand:

        “yea cuz philly misses playoffs hahahaha it just doesn’t happen. And pity doesnt have giroux ie the best in the world and coots made malkin look like a ahl player and g destroyed crosby then decided he wanted to score.”

        Should be:

        “Yes, because Philadelphia misses the playoffs–hahaha–It just does not happen historically. Pittsburgh does not have Giroux (In my opinion, the best player in the world), and coots (? lost me here) made Malkin look like AN AHL player. To top that all off, Giroux violently hit Crosby in game six, and then went on to score on the same shift.

  29. broadstbully33 - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    im at work prob something u know nothing about so i was in a rush…its a blog so if u can only insult my typing you win…pity

    • benzoids - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      “I’m at work; probably something you know nothing about, so I was in a rushed state. It is a blog, so if you can only insult my typing, you win. Pity.”

  30. flyeredup202 - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    I dont care where Parise and Suter land just as long as its not in Sucksburgh…. He has to much class to go play in a town with so little. They are the joke of the league when it comes to crying and expecting the refs to just blow the whistle everytime they get touched. This is the NHL not the NBA if you want to get a hand foul go play with the roundball or man up and play some puck. Parise if you want to get paid come to philly if you want to do the classy thing go to Minnesota.

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