Wild star Zach Parise on trade that never happened: ‘A pretty stressful day’

Veteran Wild forward Zach Parise was extremely careful with his words less than 24 hours after a potential blockbuster trade fell through at the last minute.

He spoke in a hushed tone during a brief chat with reporters, promising he was happy to still be in the Twin Cities despite the fact the Wild reportedly were close to trading him to the New York Islanders at Monday’s NHL trade deadline.

That, of course, never happened as Wild general manager Bill Guerin and Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello were up against the clock and unable to strike a deal.

“It was a pretty stressful day,” Parise said. “It wasn’t uncomfortable showing up to the rink today. I think players understand these types of things happen. There was no issue there.”

After signing a 13-year, $98 million contract with the Wild on July 4, 2012, most everyone assumed Parise would be with the Wild for the rest of his career. That’s what made reports of a potential blockbuster at Monday’s trade deadline so shocking.

Parise said Guerin approached him a week ago about “something involving another team.”

“Those games (over the last week) were hard to play,” Parise said. “You’re thinking, ‘Am I leaving tomorrow? What’s going on here?’ ”

In order for a trade to happen, Parise would have had to waive his no-move clause, something he reportedly agreed to do, though he wouldn’t confirm or deny his decision on Tuesday.

Instead, he choose to shift the focus ahead, initiating some damage control as he talked about the importance of Tuesday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Xcel Energy Center.

“I don’t know how close it got; I really don’t,” Parise said. “I love it here. I always have. My goals here haven’t changed: It’s help this team. Not disappointed by any means that I’m here. I really enjoy playing here.”

As for what his future holds, namely whether he hopes to be moved this offseason, Parise had no interest in talking about that either.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I’m thinking about the Blue Jackets and winning this game and closing that gap in the playoffs.”


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