NHL Friday Evening Rumor Update – June 29, 2012.

Incredible as it may seem, Martin Brodeur might consider signing elsewhere on July 1. Get the latest on his status, plus the latest on Parise, Semin, Parenteau and more.


Is Brodeur on his way out of New Jersey?

TSN.CA: New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur has hired agent Pat Brisson, who today announced his new client could test the UFA market if he’s not re-signed by the Devils on July 1.

ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun speculates on potential destinations for Brodeur if he does decide to play elsewhere, listing Toronto, Florida, Tampa Bay and Chicago.

CSNCHICAGO.COM: Tracey Myers wonders if Brodeur could be just what the Blackhawks need, providing short-term experience as well as mentoring young Corey Crawford.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sure, it’s fun to guess where Brodeur might go if he opts not to re-sign with the Devils, and who knows? Maybe he will sign with another team. Still, let’s not forget he’s been with the Devils for nearly twenty seasons, so folks shouldn’t assume he’s out the door on July 1. This could be his way to determine his market value, then allowing the Devils a chance to match or top the best offer. We shouldn’t assume his departure from New Jersey this summer is a foregone conclusion.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports he spoke with Zach Parise, who claimed his agents were still in talks with the New Jersey Devils and there’s no guarantee he won’t return with the club. If he does become a UFA, it’s possible teams could meet with him at his agent’s office on Sunday.

ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun also reported Islanders pending UFA winger PA Parenteau is an under-rated player who could generate more interest in the UFA market than people believe…The Oilers scheduled contract talks with pending UFA Ryan Smyth today…The Nashville Predators will almost surely match any offer sheet for Shea Weber, whom a source claimed hadn’t been approached about one by rivals teams, who were allowed to do so as of Tuesday…The rights of Capitals forward Alexander Semin and defenseman Jason Garrison could be shopped before July 1

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The thing about Parenteau is whether his point totals were the result of his skills, or of playing on the same line as John Tavares…I doubt Weber gets an offer sheet.

CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley reports barring a last minute offer, Alexander Semin’s tenure with the Capitals will expire at noon ET on Sunday.

DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reports Colorado Avalanche GM Greg Sherman hinted he’d be active in this year’s UFA market. Dater observes the Avalanche are currently $14 million beneath next season’s salary cap minimum of $54.2 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Expect teams like the Avalanche to spend more than usual this summer to become cap compliant, even if salaries are rolled back and the cap floor is lowered.


  1. “The thing about Parenteau is whether his point totals were the result of his skills, or of playing on the same line as John Tavares”
    Can you say the same thing about Jason Garrison and Brian Campbell?

  2. Or maybe Marty has talked to Parise and was told good chance he would sign some place else. Marty being at the end of his career may want another playoff run. That’s not happening if Parise leaves. Or the money situation is NJ is worse the they are making it out to be.

  3. The Leafs have a lot of history of signing older goalies. Worked for them in 67. Sawchuk, Bower, Plante all legends, all played for the Leafs at the end of their careers.

  4. If Brodeur signs elsewhere, Parise will sign elsewhere. I’ve heard a lot of Parise to the Pens in the last few days, but I don’t know if they are reliable.

  5. Does anyone else think it is BS that Schultz won’t even play for the Ducks? You should have to play at least 1 year on the team that you were drafted by, or sign a deal and be traded. If I were the Ducks, I’d be pissed off

    • How do you think Nord fans felt…. Lindros

    • no different then lindros, eli manning, and many other athletes that wouldn’t play for certain teams..I agree with you , they should be obligated to playing for the team that drafts them.

    • Bob Murray was dumb for not trading his rights … why is it any different from the real work world? If you don’t want to work for a certain company after they make you an offer, you walk away and go to another one …

  6. If Marty & Parise sign somewhere else then there is no better sign that the Devils are in serious financial trouble. As a hockey fan, you have to be hoping they resign, otherwise we are a faced with the ugly truth of Gary B running our league into the ground.

  7. both marty and parise will sign elswhere,sorry.not a nj fan but have a hard time seeing marty in any other uniform.dont know nj depth at gaolie but if not deep then nj will spend the money to get him back.parise is gone ,he will be a penguin,sorry again.just side thought ?.if its going to cost the penguins 8m to get parise,why not go after nash at 7.8m and is signed for what 6yrs.eenee meenee migty moe you at it?

    • first Parise is a Ufa and wont cost the Pens anything to get, just what they sign him for. Nash would cost the Pens alot of picks, prospects and maybe 2 roster players. Plus Parise is more all around player than Nash will ever be.

  8. Hey Andre the reason so many teams are in trouble is a combinaton of a strong Canadian dollar and about 10 teams making absurd amounts of money. This has to do woth the CBA not Betman.

  9. Tavares is a great young player — but other teams have very good #1 centres as well.

    He may succeed outside of the Islanders…

  10. I think Montreal will kick the tires on Parenteau…no idea if he/they bite though…