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NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks believes tonight’s Stanley Cup Final game could be Zach Parise’s last with the New Jersey Devils, doubting the cash-strapped club can afford to re-sign him even if he wanted to stay. Brooks believes Parise could get offers comparable to what Brad Richards got from the Rangers last summer, suggesting the Blueshirts, Wild, Sharks, Maple Leafs, Red Wings and Bruins could be among the bidders for his services when he hits the open market on July 1.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance listed Parise with Columbus’ Rick Nash, Nashville’s Alexander Radulov or perhaps Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan as scorers the Rangers could pursue this summer.
THE TENNESSEAN: Josh Cooper reports Nashville Predators GM David Poile is prepared to either trade Radulov’s rights or let him return to the KHL this summer. Radulov will become a restricted free agent on July 1. Poile dismissed the notion such a move could affect contract talks with pending UFA Ryan Suter and RFA Shea Weber.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello has expressed confidence in re-signing Parise, who has said the club’s rumored financial difficulties wouldn’t affect his decision upon where to sign. If Parise does hit the market, the bidding will be frenzied, and could come down to the Red Wings and Rangers, who as Brooks pointed out, have the cap space and the willingness to spend it.
It’s been reported the Rangers have contacted the Predators about Radulov, though it remains to be seen if he’s their prime target or “Plan B” if they lose out in the Parise sweepstakes or if the asking price from the Blue Jackets for Nash is too steep. I don’t believe the Ducks intend to move Ryan this summer.
No surprise the Predators have decided to cut ties with Radulov, as it was pretty much expected they would do that following his less-than-stellar performance in this spring’s playoffs, which featured his one-game suspension in the Coyotes series for breaking curfew. Apparently, Radulov wants to stay in the NHL, and there could be a market for his services, thought it depends upon his salary demands.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: KHL team SKA St Petersburg is willing to open contract talks with Washington Capitals pending UFA winger Alexander Semin.
OTTAWA CITIZEN/OTTAWA SUN: The Senators are prepared to part ways with pending UFA blueliner Filip Kuba. They’re only interested in bringing him back if he were to agree to a pay cut from the $3.7 million per season he earned on his current contract.