Rumors had been circulating for some time that Zach Parisé had made an agreement with the New York Islanders and it was made official on Friday.
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The terms of his contract have not been revealed, but it is a meeting between the 37-year-old veteran and the general manager of New York training, Lou Lamoriello. He had played under the colors of the New Jersey Devils, from 2005 to 2012, when the GM was in charge of this organization.
“The teams at Lou play a certain way,” said Parisé, in videoconference. They play hockey the right way all the time. It was also still the case in New Jersey and since then I have kept in touch with him. It’s always difficult to arrive in a new environment, but when you see familiar faces, it makes it easier. ”
Parisé took the time this summer to weigh all the options available to him and, in the end, the best of them for him was to move to Long Island after the Minnesota Wild had bought his contract at the start of the offseason.
“There were only three teams that interested me. When I knew I was going to leave Minnesota, my attention turned to the future. Seeing the team from afar and knowing Lou for a long time, I thought it would be a good match. It was of course a difficult decision, but I believe that I can have my place here. ”
The forward produced 810 points, including 393 goals, in 1,060 games on the Bettman Tour. He made the Stanley Cup final once, in 2012, while playing for the Devils.