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Penguins Weren't Top Contender For Zach Parise

The Pittsburgh Penguins were one of the teams hot on the trail for winger Zach Parise in free agency, but according to Penguins general manager Ray Shero, the team was never anywhere close to signing Parise.

"In terms of Zach, we didn't know what was going on until maybe later last night. They got together, did their thing. I guess we saw this a number of years ago with (Paul) Kariya and (Teemu) Selanne going to Colorado in a concerted effort as well. That's what they're going to do and we respect that," Shero told reporters on a conference call.

Parise decided to join Ryan Suter on the Minnesota Wild and pair their talents together. The Penguins are still in the hunt for a wing player to pair with Sidney Crosby after losing out on Parise.

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