Updates on Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Bobby Ryan and Rick Nash.
COURIER-POST ONLINE: The hockey world waits for free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to reach decisions over where they’ll sign.
NJ.COM: The Devils remain in the mix in the Parise sweepstakes.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Predators remain in the running for Suter.
STARTRIBUNE.COM/PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE/PHILLY.COM/DETROIT NEWS: The Minnesota Wild, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings remain in the running for the duo and await their decisions.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s believed once one or both players reach their respective decisions, it’ll open up not only the UFA market, but also the trade market as well. It’s possible they could reach their decisions today.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Eric Stephens reports Ducks GM Bob Murray admitted he’s still working the phones looking for options to improve his team. Stephens believes Murray isn’t done making move, suggesting the Teemu Selanne and Bobby Ryan situations need to be resolved.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley reports the Capitals aren’t planning to get into the free agent bidding wars, and suggested they “could” be quietly involved in trade talks for Ryan or Columbus’ Rick Nash.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Bucky Gleason believes the Sabres aren’t done dealing in the wake of their shipping Derek Roy to Dallas for Steve Ott and Adam Pardy. He believes another move could be for a center or “a big winger”, pointing out Ryan will be available once Zach Parise signs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Ryan is being shopped, he’d be a more affordable option for clubs seeking first line scoring than Rick Nash. Speaking of Nash…
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline reports Nash hasn’t been presented with any trade offers yet, the Flyers are definitely on his list of preferred trade destinations, the Rangers still appear to be the most logical destination though the Jackets asking price reportedly remains high, the Detroit Red Wings could be a trade partner, the Sharks have an offer on the table, the Hurricanes aren’t on Nash’s list, but they’re making a big push for him, while the Ottawa Senators have taken themselves out of the bidding.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Chip Alexander also reports of the Hurricanes rumored interest in Nash, who are also out of the bidding for Parise and Suter.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Red Wings could make their push for Nash if Parise doesn’t sign with them, and Portzline reports the Blue Jackets aren’t averse to shipping Nash to a division rival. The Hurricanes, however, could make things interesting. They might not be on Nash’s list, but he might want to give them some serious though. A chance to play with the Staal brothers, Jeff Skinner and Cam Ward? On a team which appears to have a bright future? Might not be a bad idea.