Updates on Zach Parise, Shane Doan, Paul Martin, and Jason Garrison, plus an update on the Hurricanes.
NJ.COM: Rich Chere reports Devils captain Zach Parise said first and foremost he wants to re-sign, and wouldn’t rule out returning to the Devils if he become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Chere suggests it’s possible Parise could command offers between $9-$10 million per season on the open market.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, he’ll probably give the Devils a chance to match or top the best offer.
DENVER POST’s Adrian Dater reports via Twitter Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney confirmed Coyotes captain Shane Doan will test this summer’s UFA market.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll leave the Coyotes, but it does appear to be at least a foot out the door. He’ll get good offers from a number of clubs, but will the Coyotes get a chance to match? Can they afford to? Should add some additional intrigue to the UFA market. Hopefully, there’ll be be more info on this in the coming days.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE’s Dave Molinari yesterday tweeted he had it “on rock-solid authority that while Pgh. has received expressions of interest in D Paul Martin, he’s not being actively shopped now.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE:That could change, perhaps next week, depending on who the Penguins sign via free agency.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Harvey Fialkov reports Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon remains optimistic about re-signing pending UFA blueliner Jason Garrison, but hinted the franchise has plenty of good young defensemen to take his place if need be.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It could well become a case of “need be”.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM’s Chip Alexander posted the following via Twitter: “One man’s opinion: Canes have interest in Justin Schultz, Jason Garrison. Also will make offer for Ryan Suter come July 1.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The addition of Jordan Staal could help make the Hurricanes a more desirable destination for potential free agents.