NHL Free Agent and Trade Rumors (Part Two) – July 1, 2012.

The latest on Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Rick Nash.

NJ.COM: Rich Chere reports Devils management hopes to re-sign Zach Parise and Martin Brodeur heading into the start of today’s free agency period. Parise isn’t ruling out returning to the Devils, but it’s  believed his agents are nervous over the team’s precarious financial situation.

THE TENNESSEAN: Josh Cooper reports Nashville Predators GM David Poile doesn’t expect a quick resolution regarding free agent blueliner Ryan Suter. Though Poile remains hopeful of re-signing Suter, Cooper believes he’ll have to consider options for replacing Suter if he signs elsewhere.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/NEW YORK POST: Despite Parise’s dismissive remarks about signing with the Rangers several weeks ago, the Rangers would listen if he were willing to sign with them. Other options for the Rangers could be on the trade market, where the Columbus Blue Jackets are shopping Rick Nash, and the Anaheim Ducks might be peddling Bobby Ryan. Defenseman Ryan Suter plays the wrong side, as the Rangers are strong enough on their blueline’s left side, so they’re unlikely to target him.

Parise (L) and Suter will be the most pursued players in this summer’s UFA market.

PHILLY.COM/CSNPHILLY.COM: The Flyers could target Parise and Suter, and trade options could include Nash and Ryan if they lose out on Parise. If they fail to land Parise, Nash or Ryan, they could consider free agent forwards like P.A. Parenteau or Shane Doan. They want to re-sign defenseman Matt Carle, and forward Jaromir Jagr. A backup goalie free agent option could be Winnipeg’s Chris Mason. Two sources reported Saturday the Flyers were in “serious discussions” with the Blue Jackets regarding Nash.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Lisa Dillman reports the Stanley Cup champion Kings are eyeing Parise.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports the Minnesota Wild won’t waste time contacting Parise, though they’ll face stiff competition from teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings. GM Chuck Fletcher also intends to contact Ryan Suter.

SPORTINGNEWS.COM: Sean Gentille reports the Penguins are expected to offer Parise a ten-year deal worth between $75-$80 million.

 PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Dave Molinari reports the Penguins are expected to pursue Parise and Suter.

DETROIT NEWS/DETROIT FREE PRESS/MLIVE.COM: The Red Wings will be in pursuit of Parise and Suter. Wings forward Jiri Hudler’s heart would keep him in Detroit, but money could see him sign elsewhere.


  1. If Burke doesn’t go hard after Brodeur today he is smoking crack. I’m not saying Brodeur would come to TO but for Burke to say he will not be active in the UFA market with possibly the best goalie in the last 20 years available for a one or two year contract is just insane. Offer him up $7.0M and see if he bites. If he is feeling unwanted in NJ you make him feel wanted. You make him believe he can turn your team into a winner in the biggest hockey city in the world. He isn’t far from home, the fans will adore him, and he could single handedly get the Leafs into the playoffs for the first time in many years. If Brodeur wants a challange at this point in his carrear his would be the biggest.

  2. Who should i follow on twitter to get up to the minute rumors/signings?

  3. BG, I agree that Brodeur would be they key to get the Leafs to the playoffs. Goaltending has been their biggest weakness. Getting him is another matter, however.

    If the Pens sign Parise and Suter, then nearly half their salary cap will be for 4 players.

  4. Brodeur great fit for the Leafs.

    The Leafs terrible fit for Brodeur. Even if it is for the money Brodeur will have terribly high expectations put on him to be the franchise savior and if he doesn’t perform he will spend the end of his career being torn apart by rabid Leafs media and fan base to finish his career and will be a stain on his legacy.

    For all of those Leafs fans who want to see the team in the playoffs, don’t be silly. The team doesn’t have the parts for even a miracle run and it wouldn’t get it done. Stay the course. Try and move out some assets, free some salary, and go through a rebuild. You need a franchise player … Nathan MacKinnon & Seth Jones are waiving hello to you guys.

  5. I really have a feeling that there are a number of players that are conspiring to be dealt to the same team that are now UFAs ..looking to build a dynasty for the next couple of years …..I now this sounds crazy ….butI really think that some guys are waiting to see where other players land and then will try and work out a deal to have them brought in …..lets say Brodeur wanted to have Parise back or Parise wanted to the Devils to sign Suter but the Devils cant afford him ..I think these things are now playing a part in where players are going ??

    Parise Langenbrunner and Suter are all verty close friends …and can all go to the wild for HUGE cash where they are from originaly and play there together …reason I say this is becuase they will get top dollar from every team that is interested so if money is not the issue happiness is and an opporunity to build a team around friendship is a huge possibility at this point …..IMO

    Burke unfortunately my friend will not land a significant Goalie unless he pulls off a three way deal with a team and gets his hands on one that way …I really donet see a straight up trade for a goalie coming the ACC …..I think it will be a UFA he will have to settle for !!!!
    Brodeur will only go to a team that has a significant chance to run the table this year …and maybe he is waiting to see what kind of deals Montreal Canadiens are doing to see if he will retire a HAB ….Luongo is not going to the Leafs …..I really believ that in the end Clemenson or Halak will be in a Leaf uniform ….Blues looking to bolster D fense and could use a few young guys…Frattin Gunnarson 2nd rounder should do it ??

  6. OH ONE OTHER THING !!!!!!

    Iam a huge Leaf fan

    But no UFA wants to play in Toronto right now …they are a mess, have no identity and no direction moving forward …..they have no choice but to trade Kessel and Phaneuf in the next few days !!
    SDtart over with a YOUNG franchise type player as a centerpeice and move on and collect as you go via draft and small trades for youth and talent!

  7. Hate the Penguins…that little puke crosby.parise is a psy too so it would only make sense he goes there.

  8. BURKE YOU ARE A FAILURE and should be fired every other team in the league and especially in your division is getting significantly better ……AGAIN!

    You wasted picks …bad signings have tied your hands and have brought in and developed no true talent !!!!

    Missed UFA signings today becasue you have too many bad contrats

    Trculence in UFA signings NONE!!!!
    Asham , Burrish & Too Too available..not good enough not signed !!!

    Sand paper, size and & Scoring talent …
    Parenteau, Brandon Prust , dustin penner , Tanner Glass …not good enough not signed !!

    Goalie help …Clemenson …Ellis or Brodeur.. Not signed not good enough !!!

    No one wants to sign in Toronto and no one can becasue Burke has miss managed this team from the get go !!!!

    Every team improved today …except the leafs !!! Again !!!

    Last place in the league this year AGAIN!!

  9. Kypreos is reporting that Suter is leaning towards the Wings and could announce tomorrow.

  10. Leafs should Go get Bobby Ryan, If he is avaible next year maybe Perry or Getzlaf will be. Give Brodeur three years first 8 million next 6 million and third four million. To bad they have too many small forwards and that they don’t want Parise.