The “Parise/Suter” watch enters its fourth day, Stars GM claims his team is “back”, Coyotes forward MacLean hospitalized, Panthers prospect faces major decision, and more.
ESPN.COM: The NHL world continues to await word from unrestricted free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter when they will sign new contracts, and with which clubs. Several teams have pitched expensive contract offers to the pair, who continue to take their time considering their options.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have full details on the clubs believed still in the hunt for the pair in my “Rumors” section. It’s possible one, or both, could reach a decision today, though the fact it’s the Independence Day holiday in the United States could mean these two Americans could decide to postpone announcements until tomorrow.
NBC PRO HOCKEY TALK: Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk believes his recent moves, including yesterday’s signing of Jaromir Jagr, indicates his club is “back as a relevant franchise”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Time will tell if his moves will improve the Stars, as they’re still thin (as well as small) on the blueline, and need another experienced scoring center. In terms of bidding competitively for free agents, however, this is the first time in years they’ve made significant moves, so in that regard, they’ve returned to relevancy.
COYOTES.NHL.COM: The Coyotes last night announced forward Brett MacLean (who spent last season with their farm team) was hospitalized last night because of a cardiac emergency.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping MacLean makes a full recovery.
MIAMI HERALD: Panthers prospect Nick Bjugstad faces an important decision: return to university for another season, or turn pro and try out for the Panthers this fall.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: The Washington Capitals yesterday signed former Predators defenseman Jack Hillen to a one-year, $650K contract.
WILD.NHL.COM: The Minnesota Wild yesterday signed former Stars forward Jake Dowell.