Zach Parise leaves the Devils for his hometown state of Minnesota to play for the Wild(Tommy Giglio-US PRESSWIRE)

ZP Goes Home (to Minnesota)

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Bringing back a major part of the cup-contending New Jersey Devils of last season has been road blocked by an offer that was hard to refuse.

Zach Parise announced on the nation’s birthday he is going to be returning to his home state of Minnesota to play for the Wild. Parise’s deal was an extensive one the Devils weren’t likely to beat even if their salary cap limit would allow them. His new team will be distributing him 98 million dollars over the course of 13 years; a deal that could end quite near to the end of his career.

The 27 year old Forward brought the Devils some great seasons, including the one that just passed. His 502 games in a Devils uniform will be missed. His stellar quickness and hustle to the puck displayed a very hard-nosed individual with a drive for winning.

Parise was amongst the most heavily pursued free agents this summer, and joining him will be Defenseman Ryan Suter who signed an agreement with the Wild for 13 years himself. The Devils will now have to structure their team to defend against Parise in any matchups with the Wild as opposed to having him lead the squad to victory against any opponent.

It is yet to see who will be expected to fill Parise’s skates as far as performance and production, and it is still a wonder who will be named the new team captain. It is imagined Ilya Kovalchuk will take Zach’s old spot at left wing, but will he also be given the leadership of the Team Captain role?

Details as such will be established soon while Devils fans adapt to a roster without their old captain, Zach Parise.

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