Latest on Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, and Jordan Staal.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Andrew Gross believes the NY Rangers won’t give up making a pitch for New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise if he becomes a UFA on July 1. Among the other possible suitors for Parise are Detroit, Philadelphia, Washington, Minnesota and Carolina.
PUCK DADDY: Harrison Mooney cited a recent radio report by former Minnesota North Stars GM Lou Nanne, who believes no one will out-bid the Wild for Parise’s services.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For those of you already growing weary of hearing Parise’s name linked to half the league in free agent rumors: get used to it. Unless he re-signs with the Devils prior to July 1, Parise will probably be a daily fixture in the rumor mill.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio cites a source claiming Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter has a list of clubs he’d be willing to speak to if the Predators were to shop his rights, but the Flyers, or any other Eastern Conference teams, aren’t on it, as he prefers to remain in the Western Conference. The Detroit Red Wings are believed to be the front-runners for his services if he becomes available.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Too bad, Flyers. Sorry, NY Rangers. Tough break, any other Eastern Conference team hoping to land him. This report, however, doesn’t mean Suter’s available, as his agent and Predators GM David Poile are believed in ongoing negotiations on a new contract.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Ryan Kennedy suggests the Toronto Maple Leafs should pursue Jordan Staal if the Pittsburgh Penguins decide to shop him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: You’d better believe the Leafs would be interested if the Pens decided to shop Staal. So would 28 other NHL teams. Have fun winning that bidding war! Not saying the Leafs couldn’t, but the cost could end up hurting, more than helping.