The Zach Parise sweepstakes live on as the star winger briefly met with reporters outside his agents office at 5:00, saying he has yet to make a decision. “I’m getting closer but haven’t made a decision. I haven’t set any deadlines, ” Parise told reporters.
A decision might not come tonight as Parise is planning to return home to Minnesota and ponder his options. A decision though should be made by tomorrow morning at the latest as one of Parise’s agents Wade Arnott says the star winger is “drawing closer to a decision.”
“We have thoroughly deliberated every option with Zach, ” Arnott said via email when reached for comment. “He wishes to take some time to step back and review all options with his fiance and his family. We could be drawing closer to a decision.”
Parise when speaking with reporters on the scene would only mention that the Devils remain in the mix, declining to mention other teams, but admitted there is still a “list”
“It’s such a long-term, important decision, you have to make sure you look at everything. ‘They’ve helped me see things I would have never thought of, ” Parise said of his agents Don Meehan and Wade Arnott, via Mark Masters of TSN.ca.
Those in the know believe it’s truly a four team race between the Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks. It should be noted though that Parise’s camp has not informed the Red Wings or Flyers that they are out of the mix. The Red Wings have been considered longshots.
The Flyers have offered a massive $100+ million offer, in addition to the Minnesota Wild.