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Parise, Suter will take their sweet time

Takes a few days to add up those millions

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ZACH Parise needed more than 24 hours to choose which hockey team to make happy.

"I'm getting closer but haven't made a decision," Parise told reporters Monday in Mississauga, Ont., according to the Canadian Press. "I haven't set any deadlines."

New Jersey is hoping to keep Parise, who became a free agent Sunday when he didn't re-sign with the Devils. Pittsburgh, Detroit, Minnesota and Nashville are among the teams trying to lure him away from the only team he has played for in his NHL career.

The 27-year-old forward and 27-year-old defenceman Ryan Suter were the top players to hit the market. Suter, who also has played for only one team, the Nashville Predators, wanted more than a day to pick a place to play as well.

"There will be no decision on Ryan Suter tonight and there is no timetable for his contract signing at this time," Suter's agent, Neil Sheehy, wrote in an email Monday night. "Ryan is considering his opportunities and is taking the necessary time to give each proper consideration."

Parise scored 31 goals last season and had 69 points in his first year as New Jersey Devils captain and contributed 15 post-season points during a run to the Stanley Cup finals. He has 194 goals and 410 career points over seven seasons with the franchise that drafted him. New Jersey selected him 17th overall in 2003 and he made his NHL debut two years later.

Suter had seven goals and 46 points last season with the Predators. He has 38 goals and 238 points in an NHL career that started in 2005, two years after Nashville drafted him No. 7 overall.

Parise, who is from Minnesota, and Suter, a native of Wisconsin, helped the U.S. win silver at the 2010 Olympics.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 3, 2012 C2

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