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For Parise, money “plays a very small part in” his decision

Jul 3, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT

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Star Tribune reporter Mike Russo caught up with Zach Parise this morning at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul airport where the highly coveted free agent was returning home from his agent’s office in Toronto.

When asked for an update, Parise said he planned to discuss his options with his fiancée and family today and that he has no timetable to choose a team.

Parise also said the money “plays a very small part in” his decision, which makes sense given he’s going to earn a lot of it regardless.

According to the happy couple’s wedding page, Parise’s fiancée is from Minnesota, so feel free to wonder if that gives the Wild an advantage.

And yes, this is what it’s come to – wedding pages.

  1. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    break up with her right now if shes trying to prevent you from breaking nhl records with soup can sid

    • vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      i mean come on, hell be divorced in less than 10 years anyways so he might as well break some records and win some cups in the mean time

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        From your user name to your comments, you’re just the epitome of class.

      • e5again - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:36 PM

        Can’t this ban guy’s IP be banned from posting on the site or something?

      • obamablowz - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:43 PM

        @e5again…
        “Can’t this ban guy’s IP be banned from posting on the site or something?”

        Only people like you responding to him makes him happy…if everyone would not comment or “rate” his comments he would get bored and go away……why waste your time?

      • hockeyfan1701 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:53 PM

        Each post you make is less intelligent than the last.

      • tk1966 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        Please, everyone, don’t judge all Penguin fans by the comments this tool makes…

      • cindysoupforbrainscrosby - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:26 PM

        pittsburgh loses parise suter and sully today HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

        pittsburgh loses parise suter and sully today HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • mattj2524 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      soup can sid?

      Still blows me away that rather than signing a guy like Stall AND having the money left over to easily add a guy like Parise, Pitt deceided to extend the Fragile Franchise for Dr-Evil-like money. You know, there is a superstar on the Pens that Parise should want to play out the rest of his days alongside – but he’s Russian, not Canadian…and he’s the ONLY guy who showed any heart on the offensive side of the puck in Playoffs-’12.

      • jernster21 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:42 PM

        They TRIED to sign S-T-A-A-L, he didn’t want to stay. Figure it out.

      • mattj2524 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:59 PM

        Why don’t you think he wanted to stay? Maybe because your organization pays a premium for gutless, classless players like Sid? Pretty insulting when a 2-way player like that wants no part of one of the most talented top-to-bottom lineups in hockey.

        You figure it out.

        Ok, I’ll help: you guys just mortgaged the future on a player whose 1 solid hit away from retirement. So unless Mario knows more than everyone else about the new CBA and amnestying cap breaks for players no longer able to take the ice, the next decade of hockey in the steel city is skating on pretty thin ice.

      • crosberries - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:03 PM

        I’m sure every gm in the NHL would totally agree with you hahaha. Someone please sign him as an advisor for a team clearly he’s smarter then every gm in the league.

      • mattj2524 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:09 PM

        Even if that were sincere, I wouldn’t want any part of being a GM. I can only imagine how tough of a job that would be. I’m only trying to point out that I’m unable to justify spending that kind of money on a player who might be a hit or 2 away from having to hang ‘em up.

      • steelturf76 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:55 PM

        I believe that I read somewhere that Sid’s new contract has a stipulation that if he retires due to concussion/neck injury that the Penguins would be off the hook for the remainder of the contract due to his concussion/neck injuries was from a previous injury that happened before signing this new extension.

      • jernster21 - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:11 PM

        Considering he signed the same exact contract with Carolina that was offered to him by Pittsburgh it wasn’t about money, it was about his role on the team. He’s already won a cup, he wants to play more minutes and be a break out player and a star for a team instead of just being “one of the guys” on a stacked team. If he’d rather have that instead of Stanley Cups, then more power to him. The one hit away stuff is garbage, that applies to any player in any given game. Like it or not, Crosby is the face of that franchise and one of, if not THE best player in the world when healthy and this is coming from someone who couldn’t care less about Crosby or the Penguins, I’m a fan of hockey.

      • xavier46 - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:22 PM

        @mattj2524

        Stall did not want to be a third line center. Stall said exactly that and he wanted to play with his brother. You figure it out, tool.

      • mrpeihockeyguy - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:38 PM

        Kinda funny tho, if Pens for some reason let Sid go to UFA next season that there would be 29 other teams quite interested. Yeah maybe Crosby will be a vegetable by the end of this season, and I am sure this is what a lot of hockey fans, or should I say FAKE hockey fans want. As to the showing heart thing in the playoffs this past year, I am quite sure Crosby looked a lot better than Malkin in the playoffs. Now I like Malkin too, and by the way they are teammates and they respect each other, and if the Pens could have got a little bit of defense and goal tending, the Pens would have taken the east. How often do you average 4 or 5 goals/game in playoffs and lose the series. I am sure all true hockey fans are hoping that Crosby, Malkin, Stamkos, Hall, Taveres and other can bring back skilled offensive minded hockey.

    • handsofsweed - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      Mario Lemieux hates you.

    • cindysoupforbrainscrosby - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      pittsburgh loses parise suter and sully today HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  2. tmoore4075 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    I believe that part and the reason is…all the deals are probably 90-100mil. I’m guessing he’ll be ok with JUST 90mil instead of a 100mil. lol

  3. adtheisen - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Well. His Fiancee is not actually from Minnesota so saying she will drag him there is false. I would hope he isn’t ready to end his career and playing for the Wild sure seems like a good place to do that.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      Funny, their wedding page says she is from Minnesota

      • adtheisen - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:15 PM

        Funny. She is in fact from Hoople, ND

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        Ya, I thought so too, it’s where they met, maybe someone wants to notify the wedding planner.

  4. jtm12180 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Money not being a major factor definitely favors a team like Pittsburgh!

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      Devils, Pens, maybe the Wings.

      • adambballn - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:51 PM

        Don’t forget Chicago… Not too far from home, a great city to live in, and a very talented team.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:34 PM

      Money may not be a factor, but living in a dump for 13 years certainly will…

      • vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:39 PM

        hes not signing a contract to live in your mothers vagina lostbrainsyndrome

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:52 PM

        True, but it’s probably still nicer than Pittsburgh.

      • handsofsweed - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        No, lost puppy. I’ve been to both places. Pittsburgh is definitely cleaner and smells a lot better.

  5. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    I can’t imagine the pressure of deciding not only whom you’re going to play for, but also how long you’re going to stay in that place. Wherever he signs will essentially be where he stays for the rest of his career. No wonder he’s taking so long.

    • bethgoesglobal - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:11 PM

      Which is why I sometimes wonder why teams & players are eager to sign such long term contracts. I understand the whole “job security” but it also straps them to a place where they may realize in 6mos that they HATE!

  6. obamablowz - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    I’m not a Devils or Parise fan…however when he says “money plays a small part in decision”…. I actually believe him.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      Not to be Mr Cynic here, but while I do not know this fellow and he may well be a prince of a chap, 99 percent of the time when people say it’s not about the money, it’s about the money.

      • obamablowz - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:36 PM

        You sir never asked a Marine or Soldier “why do you do it?” Brings the 99% down a ton.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:45 PM

        To Obama, clearly I was not anywhere near clear enough. I should have said my comment was in regards to sports stars.

      • obamablowz - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:51 PM

        Copy buddy

  7. jernster21 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Oh, so we can expect to see a 12 year 12 million dollar deal signed.

  8. guinsrule - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    He should announce his decision on a live ESPN special and donate the proceeds to the Boys & Girls Club of America…

    • mattj2524 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      haha! and then be hated by the nation while dominating the league he plays in!

  9. minnesotasportsinsider - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    A bit of speculation here: the official airplane of the Wild is arriving in MN later today. Could it be bringing Suter? Do Parise and Suter plan to sign with the Wild later today?

    • tmoore4075 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      Also a Red Wings plane flew to Madison today and is flying back so one could speculate Suter is signing with the Wings. No one knows.

    • jrmehle - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      Red Wings upped their offer to $90 over 13 years. That’s probably why they were in Madison.

  10. ironcity6pak - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Dump her!! Ever see Goon? He can be doing lines off any girls ass in Pitt!!

    • slickvb82 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      …another douchebag comment. you fools just come out of the woodwork don’t you???

    • crosberries - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      Talbot already left pittsburgh

  11. kingfooj - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    if any of you guys read up on the history books, its been said that first ladies have had major influence over the course of history through what they tell/want from their president husbands. Zach’s a family first kind of guy(from what ive seen), sure he wants to win and he wants to be on the right team, but with that said hes not going to go somewhere that will make his wife miserable. SO if you add weight to environment of the cities and where is the best place is TO LIVE, that really shakes things up from the purely hockey and financial microscopes that im sure most of us have been looking through.

    • adambballn - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      I think a lot of people are counting Chicago out too soon for this very reason. It’s a great city to live in and they have enough talented young players to remain competitive for the remainder of the 10 year contract Parise is likely to sign.

      • slickvb82 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        I completely agree, Chicago is a great city and awesomely talented for years to come. I think most just wonder if they can financially support Parise as well and therefor really be competitive with the other teams involved. They really should be working on that goalie situation.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        I think Chicago requires a bit more back-end support. Suter would be a better fit there.

      • adambballn - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:18 PM

        I agree Chicago could use a defenseman but it’s looking like Detroit is trying to make him the highest paid in the league… he’s not worth that kind of money. The Hawks could have just kept Brian Campbell…

  12. mnhockey24 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    you know what bugs me most about this story is when they call minnesota minny, minny is no ware in the name minnesota damn d bags

    • e5again - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      No one from Minnesota calls it that. Annoying indeed!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      “no ware”??? Are there any schools in Minny?

      • mnhockey24 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:33 PM

        yes there is but im not here for english class and commenting on stuff like this only makes you look like a d bag

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        Some of the best in the country, actually. He’s clearly from Wisconsin.

    • kitshky - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      What bugs me is when people get worked up over quite literally nothing, and can’t figure out how to use the shift key … or spell.

      • mnhockey24 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:35 PM

        what a sad sad life you must live are you an english teacher or something?

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        @ mnhockey24 Before you start getting upset, make sure that the thing you’re getting upset about is even in the article. Nowhere did Brough mention anything about “Minny.” You come in here typing like a Pittsburgh troll (no disrespect to the small handful of decent Pens fans), complaining about something that’s not even in the article, and get worked up when people point these things out. Think before you type.

      • mnhockey24 - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:06 PM

        yeah i dont know where i saw that but im not upset it just bugs me i think i saw that on espn

      • bethgoesglobal - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:19 PM

        I think the heat of the day is making A LOT of people particularly irritable today. :-)

    • e5again - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      It’s on the preview on the main page.

  13. parisepeesonmypenispouch - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    were just here to spread the good word of the allmighty soup can sid. everyones been exposed to the great power he obtains and when unleashed is the ultimate force that rockets our soul to the moon. GOD BLESS SOUP CAN ARMY! STAY THICK

  14. jnealsmanmeat - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Soup can sids thickness is a breathtaking site, even from Mt. washington. Barely fits thru the Liberty Tubes on gamedays

  15. jnealsmanmeat - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Soup can is the soul of the NHL

  16. GenoPringles - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    This snooki broad needs to back off. Obviously Sid has the girth to keep ZP happy. Then factor in those millions of dollars Make It Rain Ray Shero is offering. No brainer if u ask me. Don’t keep the Soupcan Army waiting. Stay Girthy… SCA

    • kitshky - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      So judging by the new accounts, I’m gonna guess schools out for the summer and you have even more time on your hands … arent we lucky.

  17. bobhpine - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Staal left Pittsburgh to play with his brother…not because he hated the team…but how awesome is it to just make stuff up and act like its true?

    • rockthered1286 - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      I’m sorry when did he actually say that? And no, not just that he WANTED to play with him. When did he say he didn’t want to play for the Pens because he wants to play with his bro? And why not the one in NY who is on a better team than the Pens? Furthermore who leaves a contender to go to a cellar dweller just to play with your brother?

  18. purpleguy - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    I wonder how many times Wild execs will be doing drive-bys in Orono this weekend. Most good North Dakota girls want to stick close to family. If it’s lifestyle, schools, kids growing up playing hockey, family, and even lack of traffic — the other cities can’t come close to MN. Sounds like money isn’t going to be better elsewhere. Unless Suter comes now or you look to the future, the problem for MN is the team itself compared to Pitt and Det. Chicago doesn’t have realistic cap room now or the future unless Kaner goes to his next beer pong party and never returns.

  19. blackfoot11 - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    I think Parise will decide to stay with NJ and take the lifetime deal. Usually, if a big name free agent was going to sign with another team, he would have already. With Lamoreillo getting the vaunted “Fourth Line” to re-sign, Salvador and Marty Brodeur, it is a statement that they want to keep the winning group together.

  20. mediatedviscera - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    i ran into something funny in all of this…Philly is running up the price on both these guys. they are not necessarily pricing anyone out (although they have,) regardless of who has the money think about how it breaks down. 12 million UP FRONT on a front loaded contract. So lets say Pitt lands even one of these guys what happens if there are injuries? you are limited to the farm system, and even then you can only deal with players who have 2 way contracts. Philly loves Bobby Ryan, who (if you look at the stats,) is about half a point a game better than Parise. They also love Shea Webber (as if anything needs to be said.) Philly doesnt truly want these two guys, they are counting on them to sign elsewhere, esp. Pittsburgh leaving them with still a leaky defense and goalie. Philly loses MC, picks up Ryan and throws an offer sheet to Weber that Nashville can’t match. In the end they get Ryan promote Gus on Defense and wait for 2013 to fix the defense (Weber won’t take the contract now,) where there are a ton of excellent players available. While one of the 5-6 of the other big spenders can’t do much because the cap, although has a 10% pump right now the league will lose that bump (which is only there for teams to acquire and lose talent to get under the Cap,) and the new CBA will crucify teams who have left any protection under 7 million. There is something awfully rotten in all of this. here is a great article from the Philly.com

    http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/flyers/20120703_Flyers__free-agency_gambit.html

    • hockeyfan28 - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      I agree with you on this Holmgren and most of Flyers nation want Bobby Ryan to come home this is just to drive up the price particularly on Pittsburgh so their strung on depth neither one of these guys is worth 12 years and 80 million plus the Red Wings matter little to the Flyers plans as they are in the Western Conference so this is strictly about driving Pittsburgh from having no depth and knowing their star player no.87 is about to be one hit away from retirement and knowing they have no money to go out and replace him.

  21. rockthered1286 - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    New theory on my end (since I’ve been saying Detroit all along):

    Jersey or Minnesota.

    Why?

    Think about it this way- he gets to play where he is loved, stay a captain, AND even if they offer him less money, the money will pour in through endorsements throughout the city. If he goes to Pitt, he’ll be 3rd or 4th in jersey sales, you won’t see his face on billboards, he’ll get the sloppy second endorsements (local car dealers) and he will always be in the shadow of Malkin and Cindy. Similar scenario in Chicago with their stacked offense. If he stays in Jersey, he becomes the face of a franchise, and a savior for staying there. Home to Minnesota, same deal. So no it’s not about the money, but even in saying so, it will still be there. Just not all in the contract like it would for other teams.

  22. jnealsmanmeat - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Everyone knows that Soup Can is the man in Pgh. We dont need parise as a number 2, already got mvp geno. But if he wants to be on a team thats guaranteed to sweep the Cup finals this year, sign up with The Franchise.

  23. dawglb - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    I hope he goes to MN. It will be the first of many times he does what his wife wants…

  24. uscthom78 - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    It’s pretty clear Zach will be following in Scotty’s footsteps and this time he’s bringing Suter.

  25. Doesnotmatter - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    why do players talk about how winning is more important than money and the next thing they say is “I want a 12 million signing bonus”? And 12 million in the first year of the contract. And an average of 8 million per year for a few years after that. Nice try, Zach. We believe you. You just forgot to mention that the small part is the part between 8 and 8.5, or even 9 million per year.

  26. redwingsfan999 - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Suter could be a big bust that’s a mistake signing him by that much, he is the type player who is better when he plays with good players, he would have been perfect with the wings, him and Kronwall would have been the next Fetisov Konstantinov still though u have 2 respect his decision. Like Ken holland said “you can’t beat family”. And that is the main reason why parise and sutter went 2 Minnesota. That and cuz the money

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