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There’s still a chance that Parise will sign Monday night

Jul 2, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

Zach Parise

Although it certainly looks like Parise’s planning on waiting until tomorrow to make his decision, even that isn’t set in stone.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe is reporting that Wade Arnott, Parise’s agent, isn’t willing to rule out the possibility of his client signing Monday night.

It’s not entirely clear which teams are still in the running, but the list of contenders likely includes some of the New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks.

He’s capable of being a game changer for any of those squads and it would be a major blow to the Devils’ long-term prospects if he decided to take his services elsewhere. They would be losing their team captain and a player who has surpassed the 30-goal mark in five of his seven NHL seasons.

The teams that were unable to get Parise will have to scramble to scoop up what’s left on the free agent market. At this point, that list includes Olli Jokinen, Alexander Semin, Jaromir Jagr, Shane Doan, and Steve Sullivan. Once Parise makes his decision, it’s likely to spark a flurry of secondary signings.

  1. dabutcha114 - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    He gonna sign in NY and shock everyone!

    • arb927 - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:30 PM

      Both parise and sutor will sign in Philly… parise knows that philly needs a veteran captain with all of their young talented stars to keep them in line besides for claude and once he signs with philly so will sutor because they have wanted to play together for 2 years now and philly has the money to do it.

  2. icdogg - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    There’s still a chance that monkeys will fly out of my butt too

  3. thepurp1 - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Going to Minny to make decision with his family, I see wild written all over this one. Suter soon to follow?

    • bethgoesglobal - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      Actually I heard that he will NOT be coming back to MN to talk with his family. However, I don’t see how that would matter anyway; really what’s the point. He may as well stay with his agent in Toronto; it’s not like he can’t talk to his family on the phone or Skype.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      Mike Russo and KFAN 100.3 confirm that he is flying/has flown back to the Twin Cities. It’ll make it really easy for him when he was to drive to a press conference just down I94…

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:31 PM

        Here’s Russo’s latest : http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/blogs/57299562.html

      • obamablowz - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:15 PM

        ahhhhhhhh….talk radio….the unintelligent fans best friend

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:21 PM

        I usually let others formulate an opinion for me. It’s much easier to go through life this way.

      • bethgoesglobal - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:10 AM

        While I stand corrected that at least for the moment it seems Parise Will be coming to MN, to quote Sir Russo “that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s to sign with the Wild.”

        Don’t get me wrong I think it would be great to see him join the Wild and I hope he does, but I still stand by my earlier comment. You don’t Have to be in MN to talk to your family. I’m sorry, but that IS a fact, and per Russo, his being in town is by no means a guarantee that he is signing with the Wild.

        Of course it would be Very fitting that he be in MN should he make the decision to join the WIld, but again, he could just as easily hold a press conference in Toronto; after all a “telecast” is not exactly “new” technology.

        But again, I’m just saying that everything CAN be done away from MN- he could be in a hammock in Tahiti as far as it goes. Ahhhhhh Tahiti….

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:37 AM

        Well, turns out he stayed in T.O. after all. As much as my heart pines for him to sign with MN, I’ve come to grips that he may actually sign somewhere else. It’s a big decision to sign your life away for 7-10 years. Better make sure it’s somewhere you wanna go. I hope he at least remembers the nightlife and the ladies are much nicer here than in Pittsburgh or Detroit…

      • bethgoesglobal - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:50 PM

        Well, after all, I live here don’t I ! So of course the ladies are nicer (and Much, Much classier!!) :-)

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:00 AM

        Indeed, no arguments here.

  4. hines86for6 - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    no, The Wild suck. Parise is more likely to come to Nashville with Suter than The Wild.

    • handsofsweed - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:57 PM

      Wait. How in the hell are you going to be a Steeler fan, but NOT a Pens fan? (Nothing against Nashville or the Preds.)

      • crosberries - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:23 PM

        Hines ward gave his gf syphilis which has rotted his brain out

  5. mnskolvikes - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Yup. The wild and Lynx will dominate the world. Haha. Suter and Parise. What a deal!!

  6. Ryan Gillon - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Oh God.

  7. edenprairieballer - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Where did you hear that Purp?

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      his basement

  8. thepurp1 - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Either this site or espn, can’t remember.

  9. GenoPringles - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    No way he wants to play in Minnesota and risk having linemates that could kill him drunk driving. Do the smart thing and come get your name on the cup a few times with The Franchise aka Pittsburgh Penguins. Don’t keep the Soupcan waiting too long

  10. thepurp1 - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    http://m.espn.go.com/nhl/story?storyId=8124219

    They have amended the story since I last read it

  11. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    i guess he wants to lose for the rest of his career in minn. soup can army will move forward and destroy wannabes without him then!

    • lordfletcher - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:19 PM

      Dur da dur… blah blah blah dur… dur dur

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:46 PM

      If you’re such a big Penguins why do you have a screen name insinuating one of their players is a rapist?

      • handsofsweed - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:00 PM

        Right. I was seriously thinking that myself. What an odd creep this poster is. I hate the fact that he’s a Pens fan. What an abject failure and embarassment to the rest of us.

      • muckthefets23 - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:40 PM

        Are you speaking of the same franchise that got ass raped by the Flyers?? Cause that’s who it sounds like you’re talking about.

      • sportsfreak13 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:29 AM

        Last years playoffs are like 08 and 09 playoffs. History.

  12. jeffcammy - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    How can penguins have enough cap space to sign Parise?

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:32 PM

      It would be hard but they could do it. The real question is, is it smart for the Pens to tie up so much money in just a handful of players? They can try to get rid of Martin too, which has been frequently postulated, but that involves a buyer too.

  13. gooterbaby - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    This will be funny when he signs with the Wild…to all the bandwagon fans…STAY OFF MY WAGON!!

  14. minnesotasportsinsider - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Latest news is that Parise is coming to Minnesota to talk things over with his family. My prediction is he signs with Minnesota tomorrow. If he signs with MN odds are Suter will do the same.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:13 AM

      Broten and Bellows all over again

  15. ironcity6pak - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Arb927, I really hope your post wasn’t well thought out because that was the dumbest thought I’ve ever heard. Yes, the flyers may sign one but not the other. U guys don’t have the money you think they have. Keep in mind they have the FACE of the franchise in geriux to sing eventually. On the other hand, parise said he’s “itching to play in Pitt” but is broken on leaving nj. He stays in nj for less or comes to Pitt. Parises choice will factor heavily on suters choice.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:53 AM

      Parise said he was itching to sign in Pittsburgh? I’m gonna have to ask for a source on that one. I’m not saying he won’t sign in Pittsburgh, and really I don’t care cause I have no horse in this race, but from everything I’ve seen he’s said very little, and since free agency opened there’s been nothing. So again let’s see that source.

  16. proudliberal85392 - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    This Just In: Parise spotted buying snickerdoodles in Minnesota, confirming he is about to sign 100 year deal with Wild for $1.78 trillion.

  17. thepurp1 - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Ummm…. He is in Minny, he was spotted at the team headquarters this morning, this according to a report on local radio.

  18. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    obviously no body wants to play in minnesota cus they are trash. you can bet your ass that even greedy little zachary doesnt dven want to suck that bad every year. thats almost as bad as playing with the philthy phlyers

  19. thepurp1 - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Really? What are you some kind of d-bag with a name like that? Or someo e who just gets his rocks off of oissing people off? Minnesota is one of the greatest hockey states there is ! Hands down, no questions asked.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:06 AM

      No no, leave him alone. The Pens are on their way to irrelevance. Cros will realize soon enough that he signed his life away to live in a hell hole of a town for fans that only started showing up once they won a Cup, if not drafted him. CrosBerries and his whole S*** Can crew only heard about hockey once Crosby and Malkin showed up. Probably only hear only heard of some guys named Barrasso, Mullen, Murphy and Francis in passing… they’re not real fans. I wouldn’t worry too much about them.

  20. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    minnesota is nothing but steers and queers. your collegiate hockey teams are way better than ur nhl team so he def doesnt want to play for that fart box of a team. and ur women look like aids patients with push broom mustaches and chapped lips

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