NHL Free Agency 2012: Zach Parise Could Come to the Chicago Blackhawks

James MaahsContributor IIIJuly 3, 2012

SUNRISE, FL - APRIL 21: Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils skates with the puck against the Florida Panthers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the BankAtlantic Center on April 21, 2012  in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers defeated the Devils 3-0. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Day two of NHL free agency has come and gone, and Zach Parise has yet to decide his future.

However, the teams that are on his list are coming to light, and the Chicago Blackhawks are making a late push.

Parise said that he wants to take his time on making such a big life decision and that he has no deadline on when a decision will be made.

Teams that are supposedly in the running include the New Jersey Devils, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Nashville Predators, Minnesota Wild and the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks may have the upper hand with these dealings as they are on the same page with both Detroit and Pittsburgh. All are very talented teams with passionate fanbases and long histories.

Parise will be weighing his options based on future success, as well as how much money he can get in a new contract.

The Blackhawks do have the cap space to accommodate a large contract if they were to sign Parise. They have around $7 million available, and that's not including if they trade away Niklas Hjalmarsson, who is still available.

There is also the connection between Parise and Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. Both share a history back when they played at Shattuck-St. Mary's Hockey school. 

Maybe Parise would like to join up with Toews and build some chemistry with an old teammate?

Of course, going to such teams like Pittsburgh and Chicago offer the best chances for Parise to hoist the coveted Stanley Cup.

Other teams such as Nashville and Detroit are in a semi-rebuilding phase that may take a couple of years.

Will Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews be enough to lure Parise to the beautiful city of Chicago?

Reports are starting to heat up, and a decision may come as soon as Tuesday. One thing is for certain, Blackhawks' fans will be on the edge of their seats until Parise makes a decision.


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