Could Zach Parise join the Maple Leafs this summer? Could this be Jonas Gustavsson’s final season as a Leaf? What could it take for the Stars to re-sign Jamie Benn and Sheldon Souray?
OTTAWA SUN: Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons reported over the weekend some friends of New Jersey Devils star Zach Parise said he wouldn’t consider Toronto in free agency this summer, which Simmons found interesting as Devils GM Lou Lamoriello told him Parise was a Devil and wasn’t going anywhere.
TORONTO SUN: Dave Hilson wondered if this season would be the last as a Maple Leaf for goalie Jonas Gustavsson, who’s eligible for UFA status this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen what Parise does this summer. He has indicated, however, he’d like to play for a Stanley Cup contender, which would rule out the Maple Leafs. As for Gustavsson, if there’s nothing better to be found via trades or free agency this summer, I could see the Leafs re-signing him to a one-year deal.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika recently speculated over what kind of contract Jamie Benn could sign with the Stars as an RFA this summer, suggesting perhaps a two-three “bridge” deal comparable to Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux, or waiting until after the new CBA is implemented to sign a longer term deal. Heika also speculated the Stars could push for a high-end defenseman in this summer’s UFA market and ask defenseman Sheldon Souray to consider them in free agency. That way, explained Heika, they can see what the offers are in this summer’s market and make a decision when they have more information.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see how the Stars handle both contracts. Ideally, they’d love to lock up Benn to a long-term deal, but the uncertainty over what might be contained in the next CBA could have an impact upon those negotiations. As for Souray, his performance over the remainder of this season and into the playoffs, along with his asking price, could determine if he returns with the Stars next season.