Updates on Parise, Suter and Nash – July 2, 2012.

Today is expected to be “decision day” for UFA stars Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, while the Rick Nash trade speculation enters its fifth month.


Decision day for Parise and Suter?

NJ.COM: Rich Chere reports Devils UFA winger and captain Zach Parise is expected to make his decision today regarding which team he’ll sign with, while it looks promising fellow Devils UFA Martin Brodeur could re-sign. The Devils remain among the teams on Parise’s “short list”, along with the “Minnesota Wild, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers.”

THE TENNESSEAN/NASHVILLE EXAMINER: Josh Cooper reports the Predators have made a “competitive offer” for UFA blueliner Ryan Suter, while Jim Diamond reports Predators GM David Poile’s patience with Suter appears to be running thin.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Dave Molinari reports the Penguins submitted offers for Parise and Suter and await their decision.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports the Minnesota Wild also submitted bids for the pair and remain in the running.

DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan reports the Red Wings are among the teams on the “short lists” of Parise and Suter.

CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio reports the Flyers were among the teams submitting long-term offers to Parise and Suter.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Lisa Dillman reports the Kings have interest in Parise but acknowledge the odds are against them.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Luke DeCock reports the Hurricanes are out of the running for Parise, may be in the running for Suter, and aren’t on Rick Nash’s list of preferred trade destinations.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Parise and Suter are expected to make their decisions today, which will have a significant effect upon the UFA and trade markets, as teams which lose out for their services will turn elsewhere to address their needs.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline reports Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson claims he’s no closer to moving Rick Nash via trade. Howson is hoping Nash’s value improves once Zach Parise is signed.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Senators are out of the bidding for Nash.

NEW YORK POST/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers are believed continuing their pursuit of Nash. The Rangers have made it clear they won’t part with Ryan McDonagh, Chris Kreider or Derek Stepan, but Howson apparently still insists upon one or two of those players to be included in a deal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers have also apparently gotten into the bidding, though I daresay they’re awaiting Parise or Suter’s decision before pressing forward with further trade talks. The Hurricanes aren’t on Nash’s list and reportedly he has no intention of changing that.  For now, it appears the Rangers could be the likely destination, but that could change if more teams jump into the bidding.


  1. Come on Home Zach! You and Suter make us legit contenders and with our “big 7″ prospects turning Pro the Wild have a chance to compete for a cup for the next 4-7 years!

  2. Larry Brooks’ column this morning in the NY Post is almost comical in its claims that Howson is asking for the moon.

  3. The way it sounds, Pens will get Parise and Wings will get Suter. I actually saw 2 sources say that Parise already picked the Pens, but they are probably crap sources

    • Everyday you come on here with this Parise/Penguins stuff. Enough already! What are you going to do when he doesn’t sign with them?

      • Screw you, I’m allowed to say whatever I want. Sorry I heard that the Pens, Wild and Blackhawks are in the lead for Parise. Get off your high horse and stop being an arrogant prick

  4. Think it would be an interesting move if Parisi and Suter both pick the Wild. I think the team would automatically become a big favorite. The Wild are looking for an identity, we already know that the Pens are Sid, Malkin and Letang’s team, while Detroit is Zetterburg and Datsyuk and Philly is Giroux and Briere’s. Aside from the money, and MN being a pretty nice place to raise the kids, lower taxes – it also gives them an opportunity to change the complexion of a team – to make an impact.

    I would rather see this happen than have Parisi and Suter just become another player in a “stacked” team.

    • I agree with you and hope the same thing.

  5. I wrote a god post today …LOL …IMO but it didnt show up??

    Simply put Piole mismanaged hi assets and new that Suter will be going to UFA and that Weber may not sign if Suter leaves …all this before July 1st …..so in saying that he should have traded Suter right away and got a boat load of prospects at seasons end ..then turned around and traded his bigest asset Weber and got 2 top 6 forwards 2 first rounders and a dman to replace him and could have set his organization up for the next 6 years instead of forking over 200 million to just 2 players and have no cap room to improve if need be …he handcuffed the franchise and wasted assets and evaluated his players on an emotional level not a business level and now must pay the ultimate price ….loose out on both assets and get nothing in return …he screwed himself …they wanted to much and he should have seen that coming and traded them both away for a players that could have made him a contenter for the next 5 years and evolved the right way …..not because he was forced to through contract dispiutes …..BIG MISTAKE …he will be left with nothing after having two of the best assets in the last ten years that could have set him up large !!!!!

    • This has been happening a lot on this site. You type in a lengthy script and hit post comment and it disappears. It’s getting very fustrating retyping script especially if it’s long.

  6. Man, how disappointed would everyone be if Zach Parisé actually decides just to re-sign with New Jersey?

  7. Yes it does disappear. Boring July so far. Brodeur Boring. Penner Boring, Crosby Boring. Ryan Smyth, Calgary not so Boring. huhhh…. I guess they refuse to rebuild. Why would Parise go to Pittsburg? He is one of the best players. The Wild makes more sense. Not as boring. Leafs are also being boring too. Maybe tomorrow something will happen. Long term contracts kills the game, No trade kills the game. New CBA must be the factor. Poker anyone!

    • I’ll play poker. Not that free agency has been boring, I just love poker

  8. Parise is a good player, but he is not as good as the money he is about to receive. I wish GMs would give their heads a shake before making these deals. It was reported that Parise may be getting a bonus packed contract that may see him make more than 25 million in the next calender year. Absolutely ridiculous. I hope the next CBA puts an end to the nonsense before things get really out of control and permanently damage the game.

  9. Well he didn’t sign :/ but his agent said he may sign tonight, which means he won’t. The only team I don’t want to see parise go to is the Flyers. I think it is time for Seminwatch in Pittsburgh. He isn’t as bad of a player as people say he is. He would be deadly on the left-half boards on the PP. Just imagine, Malkin teeing up one-timers on one side, and Semin on the other side.

    • can’t agree more. I could see Parise coming to Pittsburgh, but overall it isn’t worth it. Letang and Orpick are UFAs in two years, if they sign parise long term they will end up losing letang and orpik, semin would be a better bargin and frankly he would have alot less pressure on him to perform

      • Pens won’t allow Letang to go anywhere, Orpik’s body is breaking down, they will let him walk, and the pens would be better off with Suter than Parise … other than the defense, Shero hasn’t addressed the other most pressing need … toughness. Pens need size and grit … missed out on Prust, and didn’t have the right assets for Ott. Who is going to protect the skill guys?

  10. if Bobby Ryan gets traded before Nash, and its for significantly less return than Howson is asking currently, Howson and the Jackets will have to lower their asking price.

  11. Lyle,

    Not sure where else to ask this, so this is why I ask here.

    If Panthers are still the major tire kicker on Luongo, why did they resign Clemmenson? Theodore is already under contract.Do you think they are happy with what they have, or feel they will have to send Theodore or Clemmenson back as part of the deal for Luongo?