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Report: Parise says no to Penguins

Jul 4, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

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As per Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — the Penguins are officially out of the Zach Parise sweepstakes.

It’s a big blow for the Pens and GM Ray Shero, who had aggressively cleared the decks in order to make a run at the Devils captain. Shero engineered the Jordan Staal trade at the NHL Entry Draft, then flipped defenseman Zbynek Michalek to Phoenix for a handful of prospects — combined, the deals cleared nearly $9 million in cap space, most of which was projected to go to Parise.

As noted by the Post-Gazette, Parise had been projected as a linemate for Penguins center Sidney Crosby.
The two are friends and ex-Shattuck-St. Mary’s players (though they didn’t actually play together at the Minnesota prep school.)

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Many Wild and Wings fans are fist pumping right now.

    • phillyphever - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      Now they’re punching themselves with Parise going to Minnesota.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:30 PM

        Congrats Wild Fans

  2. martysbetter - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Come back to New Jersey Zach, we love you!

  3. mclovinhockey - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    With suter on the wild now and parise not a pen…. Pens got to make some trades

  4. somekat - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    You mean someone doesn’t want to play in front of the soup kitchen kids?

  5. spiciercheez - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Can’t believe it!! Suter in the bag, they are just wrapping up the terms with Zach now!!!!

  6. capsrockva - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Great he’s not going to pit

  7. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Not sure the Staal trade was about getting Parise, more like a trade out of necessity. The Michalek deal definitely was though. I mean the Pens did make a 60 million dollar offer, all Staal needed to do was sign it.

  8. jrmehle - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Confirmed by Pierre LeBrun. Parise signs 13 year deal with MN.

  9. uscthom78 - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Come on Bob Murray…..let it be 2005 all over again…please!

  10. ironcity6pak - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Pens r in trouble now till the trade deadline. Better makes some moves shero, the pens are much much worse now then last year. I bet malkin is happy.

  11. t16rich - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    They’re going to the Wild. TSN reporters are tweeting right now the Wild have agreed to terms with both guys. Just waiting for them to sign it.

    • t16rich - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      By both I mean Suter and Parise

  12. thepurp1 - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Do e deal for Minny, altamate heist? By who?

  13. napoleonblownapart6887 - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Congrats to the Wild in perhaps the biggest day in Wild history.

    The Pens need to add a winger to be certain, but I don’t think the sky is falling like some other folks do. Parise would have been nice but we need to look forward not back. I don’t want to see a knee jerk reaction with a guy like Semin, but there are Wingers to be had. Let’s go get one.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      Agreed. More power to Parise btw. He chose to go home and build a contender out of his hometown team. No matter where your from you have to respect that. We would love it if athletes chose that path.

      I’m also well aware though that he didn’t exactly sign for pennies

  14. ravenscaps48 - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Congrats Wild Fans…. You guys deserve great players in that franchise! And thank you for not going to Pittsburgh!

  15. redux12 - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Oh how happy this makes me as a Flyers fan. One divisional opponent just lost their best player and probably will miss the playoffs, and the other one has gotten weaker through trades. Now we can watch as the Pens overpay in a trade.

    • pens5829 - Jul 4, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      Comment from another typical Cryer fan…

  16. heyzeus143 - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    hey don’t worry Pens fans puckmover Paul Martin is still on the team, bet he’ll have big big year

  17. dkphilly1122 - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Haha, I’m ecstatic NJ lost Parise and the Pens thought they had both of them locked up. The Flyers just got that much better, especially as they get ready to get Bobby Ryan and hopefully Weber. That division is gonna be between the Flyers and Rangers. Thank you for overpaying Minnesota.

  18. melonheadsdaddy - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    SOUP CAN UNITE! Ha. Wonder why he spurned “the franchise”….

  19. ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Parise didn’t spurn anyone. He went home to play where he grew up. He and Ryan Suter can take on the challenge of making Minn a contender. More power to them.

    New Jersey is in trouble though. I wonder what Kovy is thinking right now.

    • phillyphever - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM

      He’s got $100 millions reasons to still be happy (kind of like Lou having 100 million reasons to be sad).

  20. eyeh8goodell - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    LOL at the feeble Fyers fans. Hate to break it to ya, ladies, but the Pens have already gotten better over the offseason. Staal was replaced for cheaper, and the package that came with Sutter was a good one. They’ve already added the necessary grit. And they’re not done. And oh yeah we locked up Crosby for the rest of his career and Geno will sign his deal doing the same next year. The boy from the steel town of Magnitogorsk loves Steel Town and feels right at home.

    As for Philly, they lost Jagr, they’ll lose Carle, they never had a shot at Parise or Suter (both having gone public saying they wanted nothing to do with Philly). After the way you guys did Richards, Carter, and now Van Reimsdyk after giving them long deals…..NOBODY will want to come anywhere near Philly either. The Flyers have slaughtered their own rep Lebron-style.

    Go over to and have a look at the free agent tracker. Pretty sad if you’re a Flyers fan, especially after watching Carter and Richards thumb their noses at Philly while lifting the Cup elsewhere together.

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

      Support your claims that neither wanted anything to do with Philly. Homer did his due diligence to drive the price up on these guys…fact is its Philly who had little interest in them. Philly needs D and I’d rather have weber than suter anyway…carle might be back but he’s a turnover machine. And sorry to burst your little fairy tale bubble, but Pittsburgh did not get better. They bettered their cap situation, but that’s it. Staal was your best player against the flyers…and now he’s gone. You should worry more about your goalie situation than anything else..I should know. I’m sm indeed a flyers fan and know how tough it is to contend with a poop goalie.

  21. acieu - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Why would he want to play with Crosby?

    • pens5829 - Jul 4, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      Why? Do you really need an explanation??? Dumb@ss!

    • pens5829 - Jul 4, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      Where you born stoopid? Or did you work at it?

  22. malkinrulez - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Not worried a bit about pens, sutter steps in fills staals role and have a wealth of young defensemen ready to step in. I believe doumolin steps In as stay at home d man. Congrats to the wild

  23. bru308 - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    You pens haters sound so desperate… When they trade Staal during the draft, everyone said the Canes gave away too much to get him. Now that the pens didn’t land Parise, you all say that their offseason is lost… Did you forget about the Staal trade? Sitter? Doumolin? Pouliot? All while the Flyers continue to alienate their contracted players through trades. Which prospect are you gonna dump for Ryan, that’ll bite you in the ass 2 years from now?

    • bru308 - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      Sutter*. Auto correct

  24. capsfan19 - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    HA HA HA PITTSBURGH!! This news made my day.

    Now pittsburgh has their pants down, michalek, sullivan, staal??? Ha ha hey guys lets make some capspace and get all the banners ready for the party!!

  25. phillyphan83 - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:18 AM

    Hahahahahaha where you at GenoPringles and all your other aliases??? You talked all that trash how you’re getting both praise AND suter, now you got NEITHER!!! What happened to the Soup Can Army and how EVERYONE wants to play for “the franchise”??? hahahaha

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