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Parise: No decision yet, no deadline either

Jul 2, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

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The Zach Parise watch will continue. For how long, only Parise knows.

That was the word Monday as Parise met with media members outside agent Wade Arnott’s Newport Sports office in Toronto. The 27-year-old UFA told media members 1) he’s still undecided on where he’ll sign, 2) he hasn’t set any deadline on a decision and 3) he’s flying to Minnesota to further discuss his future with family.

“It’s such a long-term, important decision, you have to make sure you look at everything,” Parise told TSN’s Mark Masters. “‘We’ve done a good job of analyzing and over-analyzing.”

Arnott also weighed in.

“We have thoroughly deliberated every option with Zach,” he explained to Mike Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune. “He wishes to take some time to step back and review all with his fiance and his family. We could be drawing closer to a decision.”

This, of course, contrasts what Parise told reporters yesterday — it sounded like his decision would be announced Monday.

“It’s a pretty unique process, but I’ll know tomorrow,” Parise said on Sunday. “I’ll just go back to the hotel, think about it, talk to my fiancee a little bit and go from there.

“We’ll see what happens tomorrow.”

As for other developments:

— Parise refused to say if he eliminated any teams from contention today, suggesting multiple teams were still in the mix. “‘The list is still there,” is how he described it. The teams believed to be in the mix are New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Detroit, Philadelphia and Chicago.

He’s been in contact with Martin Brodeur, who earlier today re-upped with the Devils.

— He insists he’s not feeling any pressure from any clubs to reach a decision.

  1. lordfletcher - Jul 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    If he fly’s home to MN to talk with family, this has to be good news for Wild fans…. if he says anything but MN Wild tomorrow, I will be crushed. I get it that he needs time and everything that goes along with this decision but I would love to know a yes or no by now. I have pee’d 30 times today, WAY above normal.

    • sandeepsingh1 - Jul 2, 2012 at 5:39 PM

      This “The decision” all over again. Its so frustratingly annoying

      • lordfletcher - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM

        I don’t see ESPN with cameras at his high school hockey rink or anything… The man just wants to take 12-24 more hours to decide where he wants to live 9 months out of the year and play hockey for the rest of his career. Give him a break, yeah, he is soooo evil. Pfff!

    • lordfletcher - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:32 PM

      also it sounds like he won’t make it back to MN before his decision. very likely it’s going to happen tonight in Toronto.

      Great, what’s another 9 hours starring at Twitter gonna hurt LOL :)

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:16 PM

      Well, I’m off to the candlelight vigil on the Big Island of Lake Minnetonka here. You coming lordfletcher? Maybe see if greatminnesotasportmind wants to join too.

    • bigdong28 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:16 AM

      I’m surprised you’re so confident in him choosing MN. You could look at him talking to his family as good news for you or bad….He could be going up there to explain why he isn’t going to move home cause you know his family has gotta be pulling for him to come save his home town team. Such a hockey state with such a bad team. I can’t imagine he wants to go some place where he will be looked upon to make a bad team relevant. Wouldn’t he rather go to a place where he can be the piece that gets a good team over the hump? i.e. every other team listed above, minus the wild LOL

  2. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Yes, Zach, come here to Minnesota to discuss matters with your family. Wouldn’t you like to be close to your family? And look at all our nice lakes! There’s some nice houses around Lake Calhoun, or on Summit Ave. And couldn’t you just imagine all the jerseys and t-shirts around the Twin Cities proudly displaying “PARISE” across the back? Just think about it, Zach.

  3. sandeepsingh1 - Jul 2, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Hey Zach everyone gets this is a big deal, but please stop holding the NHL hostage and let the teams that you are not going to sign with know so they can move on

    (same goes for you Suter)
    A Flyers fan

    • jerbear314 - Jul 2, 2012 at 5:44 PM

      As a Pens fan I can’t believe I’m agreeing with a Flyers fan.

      • sandeepsingh1 - Jul 2, 2012 at 5:47 PM

        I have a bad feeling that he’s going to sign with Pittsburgh, but then i say “shouldn’t he have signed by now if crosby’s sales pitch was so convincing.” I still highly doubt Parise will be a flyer, would much rather have Bobby Ryan.

      • lordfletcher - Jul 2, 2012 at 5:52 PM

        the NHL has turned free agency into a frenzy and now everyone expects nothing but instant answers from players…. I say good for Parise to take his time, but yes it is annoying seeing as this drags on in our eyes. I have never accepted a job offer in 4 hours, can’t imagine it’s too easy for any rational person either

    • bigdong28 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:21 AM

      Flyers fan here also…agree about B Ryan…we are gonna give up a lot of cap space if we get Parise. which means we’ll lose Carl and are defense as is needs an upgrade. Pitt needs him anyway, cause sid will never be the same player he was…I promise. just look at all the past stars that have been plagued with concussions…never the same. as a flyers fan we know cause scott stevens ended Lindros’ run as a star in this league.

  4. dirkanger23 - Jul 2, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Way to go Lebron. Let’s just hold up the free agent market a few more weeks to drive up the price on the Devils &/or the Wild. Hey Flyers, pull your offer on this dick and go hard after Suter or Ryan; they address your immediate needs anyway.

    • sandeepsingh1 - Jul 2, 2012 at 5:49 PM

      I want Bobby Ryan on this team, would be an amazing story. Cherry Hill native comes back to the city he calls home. I would hope read/ gus/ laughton and a couple of 1sts could get a deal done.

  5. blackhawkslove - Jul 2, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    One can only hope he comes to Chicago

    • comeonnowguys - Jul 2, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      If one roots for the Blackhawks, of course.

      + Parise
      -Kane/+Miller trade redux
      Holy crap! That flying pig looks like it emerged from my posterior!

      Worth it, btw.

      • flyeredup202 - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:40 AM

        Id trade you for kane…..bring him to the flyers where he belonged from the beginning

  6. joebuckiscreepy - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Holding a press conference to say that there isn’t any news worth reporting is simply ridiculous.

    • adambballn - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:08 PM

      He didn’t really have a choice… the Canadian press has been camped out in front of his agents office since 8am yesterday morning.

  7. matto8929 - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Zach, please come to Pittsburgh and win the Stanley Cup with Sid, Geno and Fleury every year until you guys retire.

  8. namriverrat69 - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    He does want to sign with a team that is a contender for the Stanley Cup. You can’t get any closer to being a contender than the Los Angeles Kings. His emotional fire would help them stay focused for a repeat performance.

    • bethgoesglobal - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:59 PM

      I don’t know, it’s Very, Very rare that a team repeats a Stanley Cup.

      • vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        girls know nothing about sports

      • bethgoesglobal - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:53 PM

        I know a lot about Hockey- beyond that you got me. I don’t know much about other sports, but who cares when hockey is the best game to watch!!

  9. halo81 - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Well, you can go to the Flyers and never win a cup or go to the Red Wings or Penguins (as much as I hate the Penguins) and win a cup. You can stay home with the Devils, but you’re not winning one there either.

    So, just pick between the Wings and Penguins and get it over with. As you can already read, Flyers fans are tools to begin with. Still slobbering over their “Legion of Doom” line that couldn’t even beat the Wing’s Grind Line. LMAO. Lame.

    • bigdong28 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      no one here in philly is “slobbering” you idiot, we have far moved on from the 90s… I dunno how you can be a hockey fan and write off good teams because of your opinions of their fans. Come on dude you’re from Michigan aka southern Canada…I thought you’d be a little more objective when it came to the national sport. Eh I guess that’s why Flint and Detroit rank 1 & 2 in crime and murder…everyone’s a retard.

  10. ll8078 - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Signing Parise means the departure of Geno….or do you really lock up 4 guys for 30 million dollars for that many years??

  11. dkphilly1122 - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    How far did the Redwings get last year?? First round loss?? Refresh my memory……and that was with Nick…..goodluck winning another cup without him. Atleast the Flyers didn’t sell out in the first round, they did in the second round. The Wings are old and going slowly but surely down. The Flyers on the other hand have young studs on the rise and a MUCH better chance at a Cup than the Redwings do anytime soon. Parise can take as long as he wants to decide, it’s the next 12-13 years of his life. More power to him. I just hope he doesn’t go to the run down city of Detroit. I’d rather him play in Pittsburgh than Detroit. Detroit thinks they’re the best hockey team……they mighta been years ago, but definitely not anymore with the likes of the Kings, Devils, Nashville, Pitt, Philly, Boston and Van……Goodluck though, your team will need it.

  12. bethgoesglobal - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    It seems clear that “winning” is Not his first priority or he would have signed with Pitts or the Wings right away. I think that ideally he’d like to re-sign with the Devils and while they made it to the Cup finals it’s by no means a sure thing that they would be able to repeat that run again this year. IMO the fact that the Wild continue to be on his list speaks volumes. I get the feeling that he’s looking at teams from all angles; that his decision really IS still up in the air and that several teams are still in the running.

  13. halo81 - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Oh yeah, those Flyers are a “great” team dude. Much better than the Wings. Typical Philly fan. When is the last time you guys won a Cup? You’re not Montreal, Boston, Detroit or even Los Angeles. You’re a second rate hockey town who had a bunch of thugs for a few seasons until Dave Brown got his rear end kicked when everyone else brought fighters in.

    Congrats, your hockey team got to the 2nd round this year. The Wings don’t know what it’s like not to be in the playoffs.

    Flyers fans celebrate making the playoffs like it’s their jobs.

    Living in Philly and watching you fat slobs cry every year is priceless. Don’t worry, one day you’ll have a player like Datsyuk, Yzerman, Federov, Nik … you’ll just have to BUY HIM. You sure as hell can’t develop anyone.

    • flyeredup202 - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:49 AM

      we have Giroux.. and for the rest of you guys living in dreamland you will see how dominate this kid is everygame…..He is only second to datsyuk with his abilities with and with out the puck and datsyuk is getting old just like the rest of that CORE for detroit. Nik leaving is going to CRUSH you guys if you dont get Suter…

  14. vokounsvirginvagviolated - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    I used to like the redwings. Now they can suck it. Red Wings fans are a REALLY CLASSY group…. Better than Kansas City Penguins Fans…

    • halo81 - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:34 PM

      Yeah, we’re terrible. Meanwhile I go to the Wachovia Center as a fan of every other Philly team (but as a Wings fan) and watch them throw “vomit bombs” at opposing fans. Yeah, a lot of room to talk in Philly. Seriously, I live there so stop it already.

      There were a bunch of tough guys at the Wings/Flyers game this year going after a guy with his 8-year old until my brother and I stepped in both over 6’6″ a piece. No one was tough then. Guess the beer muscles went away when it wasn’t an eight year old with his dad.

      I’ve been to the Joe plenty of times and have never seen that. Again, coming from a Philllies, Eagles, Sixers fan.

    • vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      you sir have your head up your ass. soup can army always wins. plain and simple. stay thick

  15. chitown56 - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Hes comin to the chi, watch out for the hawks the next ten years

    • vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      they will still suck with him. get over it you have no goalie

  16. ballsohardu - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Go to pittsburgh so geno becomes
    A free agent. No way they keep him

    And what about letang he should get a nice raise soon too. Fleury? Pens sign parise. Yeah they might win the cup next year. But their cap situation is screwed in the following years

  17. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    now i have people copying my name. just like the entire league copying the “franchise” and soup can sid. when does the jealousy stop?? you people make me sick. stop bandwagon jumping on our team and root for your own pathetic excuse of a hockey club. SOUP CAN THICK SINCE 1987

  18. jnealsmanmeat - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Everybody knos The Franchise is where its at. The other pathetic schlubs cant come close to the amount of manmeat in pgh. Soup can sid wont be stopped this season, so be prepared.

  19. ozzyplet7 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    C’mon Parise! Just sign wit the Wild! So u can go home to MN and celebrate 4th of July with all ur friends and family and be happy and have a good time!!

  20. namriverrat69 - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Give the Los Angeles Kings careful consideration. What do they have to offer – everything. A lot of players are happy with a lot of money – they don’t have to break a team’s bank to sign. The Kings have cap room and a lot to offer. What a great team they are. What a greater team they would be with Parise!

  21. namriverrat69 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    In years past the east was known as physical hockey. Times have changed. When the Kings finally clicked in the last month of the season they showed they are bigger, stronger and faster than their opponents. After being pushed around and so beaten down as the Kings opponents were in the last two months, who wouldn’t consider wanting to be a part of that juggernaut? Don’t kid yourselves. Parise is giving the Kings a long look.

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