NHL Free Agency Rumors 2012: Zach Parise Reportedly Received Big Offer From Boston Bruins Before Signing With Minnesota Wild

The Boston Bruins made a "significant offer" to Zach Parise before the star free agent chose the Minnesota Wild as his next team, according to a Boston Globe report on Thursday.

Parise left the New Jersey Devils to sign a 13-year, $98 million deal with the Wild on Wednesday. It's unclear how close Boston's offer came to that deal, but Parise noted after signing his new deal that playing in his home state of Minnesota and with his friend Ryan Suter were important reasons for his choice.

The Bruins have just $3 million in cap space, but could have offered Parise a large deal because teams are allowed to exceed the cap by 10 percent in the offseason. General manager Peter Chiarelli has said the Bruins are likely to have a quiet summer, but he intended to make a big splash.

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