This will be a short one.
As many of you are well aware, Zach Parise announced yesterday that he was not announcing his announcement yet. I’ll let you read that one a few times. Parise met for hours with his agent in Toronto and to the dismay of hockey fans and front offices around the NHL didn’t come to any definitive conclusion. Rumors flew that Pittsburgh had him, Chicago made a huge push, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is undoubtedly guilt tripping Parise harder than anything, Philly is reported to have come back with the biggest offers for both Parise and Suter, Detroit is still Detroit, and the Wild front office is completely silent.
Parise has returned to his home in Minnesota(for the love of all that is good Minnesota fans, DON”T read into this. The man only wants to head home to discuss his future in the comforts of his own home with his family and fiance) and according to one of his agents, will have a decision tonight. When interviewed by Michael Russo at the Minneapolis Airport however, Parise refused to put a definitive time on when he will make his decision. All of this said, look for Parise to make his decision anytime after 7:00 pm central time.
It is curious to note how incredibly quiet Minnesota has been throughout this process however. Even looking through all of these supposed reports from team sources on Twitter leaves one glaring hole, it is impossible to find a reported Minnesota source. The Wild have gone into Fort Knox mode, which leads us to think that there is something serious going on over there. Whether that’s out of respect for Zach and Ryan, or a sign of something to come, one can only wonder.
Stay tuned folks, once Parise makes his decision, expect rapid fire signings and trades throughout the league.