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NHL Free Agency: Zach Parise Wanted To Go Back Home

Although Zach Parise got a 13-year, $98 million contract from the Minnesota Wild, money was not the motivation behind the signing. New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told The Newark Star-Ledger that Parise just wanted to go back home.

"We did not get a return call saying the number had to go up. The decision, from what Zach told me, was based upon going home and playing with someone he grew up with. Going home was the real focus. The conversation that he and I had had nothing to do with money or a last offer. It was about his days here with the Devils and some personal comments."

Parise was born in Minneapolis. After seven seasons in New Jersey, he will call Minnesota home once again.

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