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by George Malik on 07/01/12 at 07:47 PM ET
Well here’s the news you were probably not waiting for, Wings fans. In addition to Ryan Suter not deciding until tomorrow, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that the Red Wings’ other main target will take his time, too:
Zach Parise’s decision will not come until tomorrow. Has narrowed the field to a select group and will decide Monday.
Update: Take this for what you will, from the Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo...
The Wild, entrenched in its pursuit against many others for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, was aggressive right off the bat, loading up with speed and power on the third and fourth lines by signing Ottawa Senators center Zenon Konopka to a two-year deal worth $925,000 per and San Jose Sharks center/right wing Torrey Mitchell to a three-year deal worth $1.9 million per.
As for Parise, he called off all in-person pitches and only talked to teams by phone, I’m told. I don’t know what to make of that, but according to Pierre McGuire on TSN, Pittsburgh is the frontrunner, which wouldn’t be a shock. And McGuire is bigtime buddies with Pens GM Ray Shero. I am told a decision will come tomorrow. Parise will think about things tonight and they’ll reconvene tomorrow for the decision.
“He has narrowed the list of teams to a small select group,” said agent Wade Arnott.
There is no doubt the Wild has offered astronomical contracts for both. But so did half the league, with Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Philadelphia and Carolina making runs at both Parise and Suter. Crosby was part of Pittsburgh’s recruiting.
As for Suter, agent Neil Sheehy’s phone blew up and he called each team methodically one by one. Suter did not meet with teams today. Sheehy emailed me and said there’s no truth to the rumor he’s decided on Detroit and they have a lot to consider. Decision won’t be tonight.
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