Updates on Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Alexander Semin, Matt Carle, Guillaume Latendresse and more.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance wonders what the impact would be to this summer’s UFA market if Zach Parise and Ryan Suter take their time in deciding where they’ll play after July 1...Pierre LeBrun reports Vancouver, Edmonton, Rangers, Philadelphia, Detroit and Toronto could be front-runners for UFA blueliner Justin Schultz…Jaromir Jagr’s agent planned on speaking with the Flyers on Wednesday…The Kings were set to meet with Dustin Penner yesterday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Parise takes his time deciding where he’ll sign, it’ll certainly have an effect upon the Columbus Blue Jackets efforts to move Rick Nash, as they could find him difficult to move as long as Parise is available…It’s believed as many as 26 teams had varying degrees of interest in Schultz, and the Canucks and Oilers have reportedly made offers to him….I wouldn’t fully rule out a return to the Flyers for Jagr, but that’ll depend upon what other moves GM Paul Holmgren has up his sleeve come July 1…I believe the Kings are interested in re-signing Penner, but it’s by no means a certainty they’ll re-sign him.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley wonders if the Capitals hiring former New Jersey Devils assistant coach Adam Oates as their new head coach might help them land Zach Parise. Gormley also wondered if the Capitals might pursue Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan if Parise proves too expensive to sign.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals probably stand a better chance of trading for Ryan than signing Parise, who would be a very expensive option.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Dennis Wideman’s new contract (five years, $5.25 million per season) could affect the Flyers efforts to re-sign defenseman Matt Carle.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Carle isn’t the the only one (hello there, Jason Garrison) the Wideman contract could affect.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports the Detroit Red Wings aren’t in the running for Justin Schultz. There’s speculation the Vancouver Canucks might be the preferred destination for the Kamloops, BC native.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: It’s reported the agent for Minnesota Wild forward Guillaume Latendresse claims the club will allow his client to become a UFA…It’s rumored the Capitals might try to trade the rights of pending UFA winger Alexander Semin.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Recent reports out of Minnesota claimed the Wild were negotiating with the Latendresse camp. It’ll be interesting to see if he ends up playing elsewhere or returns with the Wild for less money. Latendresse tweeted last night “I could get closer to Montreal now”. Given his injury history, that remains to be seen.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Eric Stephens reports the Anaheim Ducks are likely to pursue a defenseman via free agency, but while they could use someone like Nashville’s Ryan Suter, they’ll likely target second tier talent like Florida’s Jason Garrison, Philadelphia’s Matt Carle, Ottawa’s Filip Kuba, New Jersey’s Bryce Salvador and Vancouver’s Sami Salo.