ST. PAUL, Minn. Zach Parise might want to invest in a good travel pillow after signing his big contract with the Minnesota Wild.
Parise, who grew up in the Twin Cities, was well aware of what he was in for when he agreed to a 13-year contract last summer. He didn't need much of a tour of his new surroundings and was well aware of the brutal winters. There is one big adjustment for Parise, though, after spending the first seven years of his career with the New Jersey Devils: jetlag.
Minnesota will travel the most miles of any NHL team this season, a circumstance of playing in the Western Conference during a season in which the NHL lockout has reduced the schedule to conference-only matchups. Parise, used to playing in the Eastern Conference with New Jersey, is accustomed to much shorter trips given the concentration of teams in the East.
"It'll be an adjustment for me,'" Parise said. "The travel I'm accustomed to is always pretty easy. It'll be a f...