Updates on Parise, Suter, Selanne, Price, Gagne and more.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Chip Alexander recently noted rumors have the Carolina Hurricanes potentially pursuing New Jersey’s Zach Parise or Nashville’s Ryan Suter if they hit this summer’s UFA market, though he points out no one in management have indicated they are in fact targeting those two.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s because it would be considered tampering, as they’re still under contract with their respective teams, but as Alexander noted (as well as TSN’s Darren Dreger last week), Rutherford has suggested the team could be in position to pursue a high-priced free agent this summer.
NJ.COM: Rich Chere recently ranked the Devils chances of re-signing Parise at “50-50″, consider the Detroit Red Wings the Devils biggest competitors for Parise’s services, the NY Rangers as a “definite possibility”, and the Minnesota Wild as “probably a long shot”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some folks have assumed Parise will sign with the Wild, but he also said how important it was when in talks with the Devils that he’d have a chance to play for a Cup contender, which the Wild aren’t anywhere close to becoming. If it just comes down to money and the Wild are willing to pony up, then yes, it could be a possibility, but if Parise wants to play for a contender, then Chere is right that it could be a long shot for the Wild to land him.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Jeff Miller recently interviewed Anaheim Ducks winger Teemu Selanne, who hinted at the possibility he might not retire after all, but could return for one more season. As in recent years, he’ll let the Ducks know by July 1st of his intentions.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Selanne has been an ageless wonder and posted up solid numbers again this season. Let’s just hope he’s not going to the well once too often here. I’d prefer to see him retire while still capable of playing well, rather than have my final memory of him as a fading star no longer capable of playing up to the level expected of him.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Mike Boone recently noted it was a relief to hear Canadiens goalie Carey Price sound optimistic over his contract negotiations during a recent pre-game interview with RDS.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens will re-sign Price. He and Subban are their priorities this summer, and while it is possible a rival team could try to pluck away either guy with an offer sheet, those have been rare and pretty much empty threats in recent years.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports Devan Dubnyk seems to have laid claim to the starting goalie role in Edmonton, leaving the question now if the Oilers stick with Nikolai Khabibulin for one more season as a backup. Matheson suggests a comparable for Dubnyk, whose contract is up at season’s end, could be Chicago’s Corey Crawford, who last year signed a three-year deal worth $2.67 million per.
RDS.CA’s Renaud Lavoie recently tweeted LA Kings winger Simon Gagne has no intention of retiring, as he’s working hard to try to return from a concussion either before the end of the season or the playoffs.