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18-year veteran gearing up for return to the NHL

Published December 15, 2023 at 12:01

After becoming an unrestricted free agent over the summer, it was unclear what the future was going to hold for forward Zach Parise, who was coming off his 18th season in the National Hockey League.

During Thursday's edition of Insider Trading, TSN's Chris Johnston revealed that Parise is gearing up for a return for a 19th NHL season and that there are several teams interested in signing the 39-year-old, including the New York Islanders.

"He's ramping up his training right now at home in Minnesota, with an eye on returning for that 19th season," Johnston said Thursday on Insider Trading. "And I think where this gets interesting is that the Islanders have kept the door open to Zach Parise. They wanted to bring him back for a third season this year. But in the meantime here, you've got other teams, and some teams with a legitimate chance of winning the Stanley Cup, that have entered the picture and expressed some interest in him.

"And so, when he does get to the point where he's ready to return, ready to sign a contract, Zach Parise is going to have a decision to make, and that's to try to go to a team, maybe, that he thinks has the best chance to win the Cup, or to stay loyal to the Islanders."

The Minneapolis, Minnesota native appeared in all 82 games last season for the New York Islanders where he recorded his 11th 20+ goal campaign of his career. In those 82 games, Parise had 34 points (21 goals, 13 assists), 24 penalty minutes and was a plus-seven.

It's unlikely he'll sign anytime before the new year, but it's going to be interesting to see where Zach Parise lands, especially with multiple Stanley Cup contending teams wanting to sign him.

Source: TSN
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18-year veteran gearing up for return to the NHL

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