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Will Parise stay with Jersey?
6/1/12 9:20 a.m.
According to TSN's diligent reporters Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger, Zach Parise could potentially skip going to unrestricted free agency at noon today altogether. They are reporting that this summer's top UFA will let Devils GM Lou Lamoriello know before 10 a.m. ET if he will accept the team's deal or stick his toes in the UFA waters, which are sure to be filled with riches we haven't seen during free agency in quite some time. Lamoriello was in Toronto, where Parise is planning on holding his meetings with potential suitors, last night to make one final pitch.
Parise has said all along he wants to stay in New Jersey, and this decision will likely be a great indicator if he'll do just that. Of course, he could decide in the next hour that he wants to test free agency then realize that the Devils are his best option and come back to them later. If you're having a hard time grasping what Parise is going through right now, imagine he has hit a bump in the road in a long-term relationship, and his girlfriend wants him to see what else is out there but has made it clear she wants to be together forever. Parise will be speed dating at his agent's office in Toronto with teams like the Penguins, Wild and Red Wings, seeing if anyone can win his heart. In the end, he will either decide the Devils were right for him all along, or wind up with someone new. There's no bigger story out there today than Parise and where ends up, which could be almost anywhere.
-- Dave Lozo