Updates on Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Nicklas Lidstrom and Dennis Wideman.
NJ.COM: Rich Chere reports J.P. Parise, father of Devils captain Zach Parise, was quoted in a Minneapolis paper saying the NY Rangers would be a good fit for his son if he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. J.P. subsequently said he wasn’t speaking for his son when he made his comments.
TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox doubts the Maple Leafs will pursue Parise if he becomes available this summer, believing they’ll instead pursue Columbus Blue Jackets winger Rick Nash.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The possibility exists the further the Devils advance, the greater the likelihood Parise could re-sign with the Devils. I’m not surprised Cox doubts the Leafs would pursue Parise if he becomes a UFA, since they’re not expected to be among his preferred destinations.
THE TENNESSEAN: Josh Cooper reports it sounds like next week could be decision week for Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan reports there’s nothing new regarding Nicklas Lidstrom’s future plans. It’s expected he’ll make a decision on returning or retiring by mid-June.
WASHINGTON TIMES: Stephen Whyno reports it’s hard to believe the Capitals would be willing to pony up $5 million per season to Dennis Wideman if that’s his asking price. Wideman earned $4.5 million this season on a four-year contract which was worth a cap hit of just over $3.937 million per season, and the blueliner hasn’t spoken yet with GM George McPhee.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless McPhee pulls a swerve and trades away Mike Green, it seems unlikely he’ll invest in retaining Wideman.