Twitter nearly imploded after word out of Toronto came out that Zach Parise would be talking to reporters.
Zach Parise's coming home, but it'll only be to make a decision if that doesn't happen late tonight after he talks everything over with his fiancee.
Via text, Parise tells me, "All I can say is that we made a lot of progress and we are closer today than yesterday."
But the highly-sought free agent is close to a decision, I'm told, but he does want to discuss everything with his family before coming home to Minnesota tomorrow.
"We have thoroughly deliberated every option with Zach," agent Wade Arnott emailed me. "He wishes to take some time to step back and review all with his fiance and his family. We could be drawing closer to a decision."
Parise's fiancee is actually in Toronto, so who knows when the decision will come down, but he is definitely returning to Minnesota tomorrow. If the decision happens tonight, is there such a thing anymore as, "STOP THE PRESSES!"
Parise has been overwhelmed with multi-million dollar offers from several teams. He wouldn't say which teams he's narrowed it down to, but he did say New Jersey is still in the mix. The Wild remains one team on his list, I'm ensured, and the others appear to be Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit.
I know everybody's impatient and there's incredible suspense, but he's been a free agent since 11 yesterday, is being thrown $100 million offers and has to make a decision where he is basically going to spend the rest of his career. That's not an easy one?
'It's such a long-term, important decision, you have to make sure you look at everything," Parise is quoted as saying on TSN's Mark Masters' Twitter account.
Does he want to come home, play in front of family and friends and put the Wild on the map? Does he want to go to teams already on the map and play with Sid and Geno, Toews and Hossa, Datsyuk and Zetterberg? Or does he want to return to the place he feels so comfortable and captains in Jersey?
Not a simple decision.
Ryan Suter's agent, Neil Sheehy, also emailed me: There will be no decision on Ryan Suter tonight and there is no timetable for his contract signing at this time. Ryan is considering his opportunities and is taking the necessary time to give each proper consideration.
I am told the Wild is very much in on Suter, too. Predictably, I would think Parise not having a decision delays Suter because there's always the chance they go to the same team.