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Lou Lamoriello did not speak with anger in his voice. He was not short with his answers. And he even declined an offer to wrap up the interview after 20 minutes, fearing that the media may have some more questions for him.
Indeed, the New Jersey Devils general manager has been through this before - losing a marquee player to free agency - and his team has survived. That's how the Devils, after all, have been to five Stanley Cup finals - winning three of them - in Lamoriello's tenure. They move on. They counter.
So, after former captain Zach Parise left for Minnesota on Wednesday, ending days of free-agent drama, Lamoriello, though disappointed, clearly took it in stride.
''There's no question we're disappointed. It's a very unfortunate thing when you have a player of his stature that's come right through the ranks and then, at this given time, a decision is made to go elsewhere,'' Lamoriello said on a conference call.
''You just go forward.''
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Is there a more perfect storm than a pro athlete leaving, via free agency, the only franchise he's ever known on a day known for drinking beer and blowing things up? Because that's exactly what happened when former Devils forward Zach Parise became new Wild forward Zach Parise by signing with Minnesota, on the Fourth of July, no less. One of the best American hockey players...
According to Pierre Lebrun a decision will come today:
Prized free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are expected to decide their futures Wednesday, sources told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.
Now reading between the lines here.
1. This report also list Ryan Suter as making a decision.
2. This quote:
A source also confirmed that Suter...
The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with top free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
Parise leaves the New Jersey Devils, while Suter leaves the Nashville Predators to join the Wild.
Each player agreed to a 13-year contract, the team said Wednesday. Terms were not immediately announced.
Parise spent seven seasons with the Devils, helping them reach the Stanley Cup finals this...
The class of the 2012 free agent class is Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. They are both all star capable players who are young enough to remain in their primes. Teams have been chasing them since free agency opened up on Sunday. Today we learn they are both headed to Minnesota. Both players signed 13 year deals worth a total of $98 million. This gives them a salary cap hit...
ESPN-Call it a Wild day for Minnesota: On Wednesday, the team landed not one but both of the NHL's top players available in free agency: forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter. Yesterday the Minnesota Wild signed top free-agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. This is a huge move for Minnesota as they try and establish themselves as a possible contender this year. As...
The Minnesota Wild has had a very productive Fourth of July to say the least.
The Wild has agreed to terms with two of the top free agents in this year's NHL free agent pool. Former New Jersey Devils winger Zach Parise and former Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter both agreed to sign 13 year, $98 million contracts.
Parise, a Minnesota native, spurned the Devils among...
ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild have won the free-agent sweepstakes.
On a franchise-altering day, several media outlets have confirmed the story first reported by Michael Russo of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, that forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter have each agreed to terms on 13-year contracts with Minnesota, ending the four-day long wait on the two biggest free...
Wednesday was a very frustrating day for Wings fans all over as it was announced that the Minnesota Wild of all teams made the biggest free agent splash by winning the Zach Parise/Ryan Suter sweepstakes.
The Wild, who have pretty much been the definition of mediocre in the National Hockey League broke the bank by signing both players to 13 year contracts worth $98 million dollars...
The Minnesota Wild were hoping they could land just one of the top two free agents on the market this season, with many believing that they had a real solid shot at winger Zach Parise, since he is from Minneapolis. They also took a stab at landing defensemen Ryan Suter, but opinions weren’t as strong [...]
The NHL's free agent frenzy has rolled on as usual this summer. Some 78 new contracts had been handed out in the first three days since the signing period began on July 1, and the biggest deals have not even gone down with Zach Parise and Ryan Suter still weighing multiple offers higher than the GNPs of some small countries. On the surface, it's business as usual in the NHL...
Zach Parise and Ryan Suter may have finally signed on Wednesday, but that doesn't mean free agency is over. On contrary, those signings should mean even more activity is on the way, as the teams that lost out on the top two players on the market will now be scrambling to salvage something from the next tier of free agents. That won't be easy though, as those pickings are...