What next for the teams which lost out in the Parise/Suter sweepstakes? Will they turn toward the Blue Jackets and Rick Nash?
DETROIT FREE PRESS/MLIVE.COM/DETROIT NEWS: Suggest potential trade and free agent targets for the Red Wings, who have considerable salary cap space. Trade options could include acquiring Rick Nash via trade from the Columbus Blue Jackets, Bobby Ryan from the Anaheim Ducks, Keith Yandle from the Phoenix Coyotes, Shea Weber from the Nashville Predators or Jay Bouwmeester from the Calgary Flames. Free agent options include Alexander Semin, Shane Doan, or Carlo Colaiacovo.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nash is definitely available, while Ryan and Bouwmeester certainly could be. It’ll take more than the Wings are willing to pay to pry Yandle out of Phoenix, and in my opinion,Weber will become available only if he wants a one-year deal from the Predators.
CSNCHICAGO/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks could look to Bouwmeester, but aren’t expected to get into the bidding for Nash or Ryan. They are rumored shopping defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson. They could also look toward free agency, where Semin and Doan are available, though there could be plenty of competition for their services.
CSNPHILLY.COM/PHILLY.COM: The Flyers are reportedly negotiating with UFA blueliner Bruno Gervais, though he’s nowhere similar to departed defenseman Matt Carle. They’re reportedly still interested in Ryan and Nash, but the asking price remains prohibitively high. Shane Doan interests them, but he could remain with the Phoenix Coyotes if the team doesn’t move.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW/PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: The best trade bets for the Penguins are Nash and Ryan, while the best UFA forwards are Doan and Semin. The Blue Jackets would want goal-scoring forwards for Nash, which the Penguins have none to spare. The Ducks, meanwhile, would want a second-line center as part of a return for Ryan.
NJ.COM: Rich Chere listed Ryan, Mattias Tedenby or Brian Gionta as options to replace the departed Parise.
THE TENNESSEAN: Josh Cooper reports the Predators will turn their focus to re-signing captain Shea Weber to a long-term contract, then try to fill Suter’s skates, likely via the trade market.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline suggests the signings of Parise and Suter could work in the Blue Jackets favor in their efforts to trade Rick Nash, whose preferred destinations include Detroit, the New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Jose. It’s possible he might be willing to expand that list. The Carolina Hurricanes are one club not on Nash’s list expressing serious interest. Michael Arace, meanwhile, pleads with the Jackets not to trade Nash to division rival Detroit.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And so the focus will shift back to the Nash trade speculation for the clubs who were in hot pursuit of Parise, but don’t expect a quick resolution, as the Jackets will insist on maintaining a high asking price in hopes one club gets desperate enough to meet it. I also believe we’ll see Ryan traded before Nash. Yes, I believe Ryan is available for the right price, and won’t be shocked if he’s moved this summer.
If the Preds are inclined, they could use the cap space set aside for Sutor to add Bouwmeester, though that’ll depend on what the Flames want in return. Bringing in “Jay-Bo” could help in convincing Weber to re-sign long-term. Wouldn’t surprise me if the Flyers and Wings also jump into the bidding for Bouwmeester.
The free agent market may be draining, but things could be heating up in the trade market in the coming weeks.