Zach Parise deflects free agency talk as Stanley Cup Final looms, and five potential trade candidates for the Senators.


Parise can't escape free agent questions.

ESPN.COM: Katie Strang reports New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise continues to refuse to answer questions regarding his plans once the playoffs are over. Parise is eligible for UFA status on July 1st, making him the topic of increasing speculation over whether he’ll re-sign with the Devils or test the free agent market.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The questions won’t go away following the Cup Final. If the Devils win, the first question he’ll be asked (after the usually lame “How does this feel?”) is if that’ll convince him to re-sign with the Devils. If the Devils lose, he’ll be asked what impact that could have on his future plans.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch lists Nick Foligno, Sergei Gonchar, Robin Lehner, Zack Smith and Bobby Butler as potential trade candidates for the Senators.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Garrioch isn’t suggesting those players are available, merely speculating over their possible trade value. Of this group, I’d say the most likely to be moved is Butler, as the rest are more valuable to the Senators. Given the Senators surprising improvement this season,GM Bryan Murray isn’t under any pressure to make trades.  Doesn’t mean Murray won’t make any trades, but if he does, I expect they’ll be minor moves, involving a player like Butler.