With decisions expected today from Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, here’s the latest on the teams bidding for their services.
NJ.COM: Zach Parise still hasn’t closed the door on a return with the Devils.
THE TENNESSEAN: The “Suterwatch” has reached a critical point, with representatives from the Red Wings and Wild visiting Ryan Suter at his Wisconsin home. Suter’s decision could have an effect upon the Predators negotiations with team captain and RFA Shea Weber.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Wild have made a strong pitch (worth a estimated collective $180 million) for Suter and Parise.
MLIVE.COM/DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings are interested in both players, but Suter may be of more importance, having offered him a 13-year, $90 million contract. If they fail to sign Parise, they’re expected to pursue Phoenix’s Shane Doan, but reportedly have little interest in Alexander Semin. If they fail to land Suter, they could try to pursue a trade for Phoenix’s Keith Yandle, or perhaps attempt to sign Philadelphia’s Matt Carle
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Penguins GM Ray Shero won’t speak to the media regarding his club’s interest in Parise until after he makes his decision.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks are also among the teams with interest in Parise.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Parise recently acknowledged he’d love to play on the same club with his friend Suter.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s rumored the reason it’s taken so long for the pair to reach decisions on where they’ll sign is because they want to play for the same team. We’ll hopefully find out soon enough if that’s the case.