ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) For the past week, Zach Parise was carrying some extra weight with him around the ice: The Minnesota Wild were actively talking about trading him.
Now that the deadline has passed, relieving Parise's stress and ensuring he will complete an eighth season in his home state of Minnesota, the standout left wing can better focus on trying to help the Wild return to the playoffs. Beyond that, though, his future with the organization has become obviously uncertain.
"Those games were hard to play. You just don't know. Once it gets brought up to you, in your mind you're thinking, 'Am I leaving tomorrow? What's going on here?'" Parise said Tuesday, before the Wild hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets. "Now that that's over, we can just worry about here and winning and getting ourselves into that wild-card spot."