Updates on Zach Parise, Shea Weber and Matt Gilroy.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tom Gulitti reports Zach Parise is still awaiting contact from New Jersey Devils management to open talks on a new contract. Gulitti suggest the longer this situation goes, the more it looks like the Devils will use that deadline for team-elected arbitration as a leverage point in negotiations. He points out the one positive to the Devils filing for arbitration is it would prevent Parise from receiving an offer sheet from a rival club.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Parise wants to re-sign to a long-term deal, and despite the inactivity in his contract talks thus far I believe Devils GM Lou Lamoriello wants the same thing. The issue of course will be hammering out an agreement on the salary. If Lamoriello files for arbitration however one shouldn’t automatically assume this situation will end up going before an arbiter. I still maintain a new deal will be worked out without the two sides needing arbitration to settle the issue.
USA TODAY: Kevin Allen recently reported he believes Shea Weber will re-sign with the Nashville Predators. The only issue will be to work out the salary numbers. Allen suggested a starting point as Zdeno Chara’s contract extension of seven years and $45.5 million, which would break down as $6.5 million per season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: $6.5 million would be a bargain for Weber, as others believe his true worth is around $7.5 million per season, especially if he wins the Norris Trophy this year. Regardless, I also believe Weber will be re-signed long-term by the Predators.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Jesse Spector reports the NY Rangers have seen enough of young defenseman Matt Gilroy to want to keep him but his restricted free agent status could make it difficult, as it would cost around $2.1 million to qualify his rights. Given the Rangers need to address other areas of their roster, that amount of money could be too much to commit to Gilroy. Spector suggested the Rangers should explore a trade with a team whose defense situation and cap scenario are somewhat looser.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gilroy could potentially be the odd man out of the Rangers roster if his salary issues potentially restrict their ability to bring in more depth.