Updates on Zach Parise, plus the latest on the Bruins, Red Wings, Avalanche and Jets.
NEW YORK POST: Mark Everson doubts the comments by New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise claiming he wouldn’t sign with the NY Rangers would prevent the Blueshirts from pursuing him if he hit the open market, if for nothing else than to drive up the price tag.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Kristie Ackert believes if Parise is serious about not signing with the Rangers, they’ll turn their focus toward the trade market, perhaps by targeting Columbus Blue Jackets winger Rick Nash.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo believes the Minnesota Wild will pursue Parise if he hits the open market. The Wild have over $20 million in available cap space and have stated their intent to add talent this summer.
BOSTON HERALD: Steve Conroy reports the Bruins limited cap space and need to re-sign pending RFA goalie Tuukka Rask likely takes them out of any bidding for Parise.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Parise becomes a UFA, the Red Wings (with over $26 million in cap space) would be my pick to win any bidding war for his services, but I won’t dismiss the possibility of his re-signing with the Devils.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tom Gulitti reports pending Devils UFAs Petr Sykora and Johan Hedberg would like to re-sign, but their futures with the team are uncertain.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could depend on how things pan out with Parise, as well as their respective salary demands.
DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan believes the lack of quality talent in this summer’s UFA market increases the value of Red Wings pending free agent winger Jiri Hudler, but his agent said his client would like to remain with the Wings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Wings land Parise and/or defenseman Ryan Suter via free agency, they might bid adieu to Hudler, preferring to invest their remaining cap space elsewhere.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reports Colorado Avalanche forward Jay McClement is headed for unrestricted free agency.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets pending UFA forward Tanner Glass claims a new deal with the club is about 80 percent done.