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Updated: July 3rd, 2012 1:16pm
Zach Parise returns to Twin Cities, still undecided on his future

Zach Parise returns to Twin Cities, still undecided on his future

by Judd Zulgad
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Zach Parise returned to the Twin Cities on Tuesday after spending two days camped out at the office of his agents in Toronto, but the popular free-agent winger made it clear he has yet to make a decision on where he might sign.

Parise told Chris Long of 5 Eyewitness News that he will talk to his family and "know pretty soon" where he might land. The Wild is among the teams putting on a full-court press to sign Parise.

The list reportedly also includes Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and New Jersey. Parise led the Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals this season, serving as the team's captain.

"We've narrowed it down, closer than we were two days ago," Parise told Long after landing at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. "(A decision is) going to come soon. ... A lot of things factor in, it's why we're taking our time. We have to take our time. It's not a decision that can be made at 1 (o'clock) on July 1st."

Parise said he and his fiancée will make the decision together.

"We want to somewhere that we will be happy," he said. "We haven't made a timetable. I don't want to put restrictions on it, because it's a life changing decision."

Asked why he would return to Minnesota from Toronto, Parise said: "Because this is where I live. Either way we were coming back here."

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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