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Posts Tagged Zach Parise
- Randy Miller of the Courier Post: Jaromir Jagr said that the Philadelphia management didn’t want to negotiate a contract until after they knew the outcome of the two $100 million offers they had on the table. By the time Zach Parise and Ryan Suter knew where they were going to sign, Jagr had moved on.
“We made an offer to Jaromir back in February,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said of Jagr, who signed with Dallas and then was traded last month to Boston. “It didn’t go anywhere. They decided to wait until after the season was over. We talked a number of times between the end of the year and free agency. I talked to his agent (Petr Svoboda). He called me the day that Jaromir signed with Dallas. He said, ‘We’re getting close, where are you guys at?’ At that point, we weren’t in a position to do anything because we had offers out on other guys.”
The Flyers may not have wanted to give Jagr a raise from $3.3 million to anything past $4 million. Jagr responded to a question that if waiting for Suter and Parise drove him away.
“Well, the thing I understand is that if you give two offers to free agents … you cannot give two offers to somebody else,” he said. “Because if they grab it, with the salary cap, what are you going to do? So (Flyers management) had to wait for those players to say no and it took them a week. So it’s the whole free market.
“I was happy (in Philadelphia). Everybody knew it. I loved that team. I loved the fans. I loved the city. But on the other side, I always believe in God. And I always believed He would find the best place for me. I had a faith that something good would happen to me even if (returning to Philadelphia) didn’t happen.”
- Blue Jackets.NHL.com: The Blue Jackets have re-signed Matt Calvert (2 years, $1.975 million). In 42 games this season, the 23-year old Calvert has nine goals and seven assists with 32 penalty minutes.
“Matt is a dynamic young winger that plays with great tenacity at both ends of the ice and we look forward to his continued development and contributions to our hockey club,” said Kekalainen.
- Rich Chere: Devils Martin Brodeur confirms that he’ll play next season.
- Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Neither Marek Zidlicky or Patrick Eliashas spoken with the Devils about a contract extension.
“I don’t know yet. It’s pretty tough to say right now,” Zidlicky said. “I would like to come back. I don’t know what Lou wants to do with the team for next year. I’d like to stay here. He knows that.”
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Renaud Lavoie: Capitals Mike Ribeiro doesn’t expect to sign a contract extension before the end of the season. He does expect talks to start up again after the playoffs.
- Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Lou Lamoriello and the Devils are following the same path as they did with Zach Parise last season, by not talking to key free agents and risking losing them like they did with Parise. The Devils haven’t talked with Patrick Elias, David Clarkson and Dainius Zubrus. Lamoriello has an unwritten policy to not talk to players or agents about a contract extension while the season is in progress. He did make an exception for Martin Brodeur.
“Who wouldn’t want to talk about it during the season?” Elias asked. “Then you would see they have interest. And, if you like the offer, why wouldn’t you sign? But that never came up here.
“If it had happened it would’ve been great, but it didn’t happen. It’s getting kind of late now.”
Elias hinted that he could test the open market.
“It comes pretty quickly right after the season,” Elias said about the start of free agency.
Clarkson may see what the market offers. The Maple Leafs may be interested.
- Jonas Siegel of TSN: Tyler Bozak holds value for the Maple Leafs, but at what price will cost them to retain the UFA.
“I’m not really looking into that stuff right now,” said Bozak, in conversation with TSN.ca on Tuesday afternoon. “It’s more just focusing on the year at hand and trying to do our best to get as far as we can [as a team]. When the season ends and that time comes, I’ll deal with it then. I’ve just got to try and set myself up good, keep playing well, and then the rest should work out fine.”
The Leafs won’t overpay him, but realize what he can and can’t bring. It won’t be at your typical No. 1 center price, but maybe something in the David Desharnais range, $3.5 million per season. The Leafs have about $20 million in cap space for next season, but have to sign RFAs Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson and Carl Gunnarsson and UFAs Bozak and Clarke MacArthur. If Bozak is looking to cash in, he may end up playing elsewhere next season.
“They show confidence in me [and] I’d love to play as big a role as I can. I want to be out there as much as I can be out there, play big minutes, power play, penalty kill and all that stuff. Hopefully I’ll be able to do that still.”
Other center UFA options that could be available this summers include: Derek Roy, Stephen Weiss, Mike Ribeiro and Andy McDonald.
Quick Hits: Cut resistant socks, Ryder, Scouting Avs-Sharks, Markstrom, McGrattan, Leafs blueline and Holtby
- Michael Russo via twitter: Wild players are testing out the cut resistant socks in their last couple skates. Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu have tried them. Michael Rupp has been wearing them since Erik Karlsson’s injury.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Michael Ryder is in Columbus and is expected to join the Canadiens in Toronto today for tonight’s game.
- Adrian Dater via Sulia: Scouting the Avalanche and Sharks game last night from the Eastern Conference were the Jets, Rangers and Bruins.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The Panthers assign Jacob Markstrom to the San Antonio of the AHL.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The Predators put Brian McGrattan on waivers.
- Terry Koshan via twitter: Don’t anticipate any changes to the Leafs blueline tomorrow night, John-Michael Liles and Mike Komisarek are the 4th pair.
- Chuck Gormley via twitter: Capitals coach Adam Oates said he’s running with Braden Holtby but hasn’t decided if he’ll start tonight against the Flyers.
Winter Classic to be cancelled … More owners need to get involved … Johnson and Parise share some thoughts
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The NHL and NHLPA are still talking to each other over the phone and through email. There are no formal talks scheduled.
- Katie Strang of ESPN: A source said that the NHL is expected to cancel the Winter Classic on Thursday.
- Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet: Kypreos believes more owners need to get involved.
Worse is the perception that only three people control all the power and information when it comes to the future of the NHL, that a new deal hinges solely on Bettman, Bob Batterman (lead counsel for the NHL) and Jeremy Jacobs (Boston Bruins owner and chairman of the NHL board). Everyone else is on the outside looking in when it comes to power in the league.
If you asked any other owners, they’ll tell you they know as much as you or me. Some will say a reduction to a 50-50 split is fine. If an owner like Mike Ilitch wanted to join negotiations with the NHLPA, he wouldn’t be allowed to. More than a handful of teams have said they can’t afford to lose a 2nd full season in 8 years.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: NHL teams were told not to start booking their arenas until after Tuesday in case there were last ditch talks between the NHL and NHLPA.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: Ilya Kovalchuk: “If I spend the (entire) season with SKA, I will only win from it”
- Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson on his site: “The concept that the owners are trying to dismantle existing contracts that they in good faith offered, signed, and committed to is appalling, unprofessional, and disgraceful.”
- Ryan Rishaug via twitter: Taylor Hall looks to be able to play in the AHL when he’s healthy. Still some details to be figured out.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Jiri Hudler suffered an abdominal and groin injury and will be leaving Lev. Roman Cervenka is rumored to replace him.
- Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago: Marian Hossa (concussion ended last season) was out skating with several Blackhawks yesterday.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: Kris Russell has a slight MCL tear and will return to St. Louis to have the Blues doctors look at it.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Elitserien filed a 15 page appeal yesterday with the Swedish Competition Authority. They demand that the Market Court make the final decision.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Tom Wandell is set to join Severstal.
- Dirk Hoag via twitter: Patric Hornqvist signed with HC Red Ice of the Swiss league. Alex Kovalev will join him.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Dennis Seidenberg will join Alder in Germany.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Jamie Benn will join the Hamburg Freezers.
- Dave Stubbs via twitter: Tomas Plekanec said that Kladno is paying his insurance but has no money to pay him a salary.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Craig Smith to KalPa, on a deal that run until December.
- Ken Warren via twitter: Claude Giroux is considering Prague and Omsk.
- George Richards via twitter: Tomas Kopecky is looking at offers.
- Michael Russo via twitter: Zach Parise said he’ll consider an offer from Switzerland.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Andrei Markov will be introduced today by Vityaz of the KHL.
- Linus Hugosson via twitter: Matt Duchene signed with Frolunda of the Swedish Elite league.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Patrice Bergeron signed with HC Lugano of the Swiss League.
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The NHL and NHLPA will touch base this morning, it’s not known if they’ll meet formally.
- Aaron Ward via twitter: A source is saying that Oilers and Flames players will have a hearing with the Alberta Labour Relations Board next Friday.
- Sarah McLellan via twitter: Jamison still believes he’ll get the Phoenix Coyotes, but it won’t happen before the lockout.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: Sport-Express is reporting that Ilya Kovalchuk will play for SKA St. Petersburg during the lockout.
- Michael Russo via twitter: Wild’s Zach Parise has looked at playing overseas. Due to his previous knee injury, “can’t miss 2 of 3 years.”
- TSN: 63 players were put on waives yesterday by 16 teams:
Anaheim Ducks: Jordan Hendry
Buffalo Sabres: Nick Tarnasky, Kevin Porter
Calgary Flames: Akim Aliu, Paul Byron, Krys Kolanos, Joe Piskula, Ben Walter
Carolina Hurricanes: Brett Bellemore, Nicolas Blanchard, Zach Boychuk, Justin Krueger, Jerome Samson, Brett Sutter, Chris Terry, Tim Wallace, Justin Peters, Marc-Andre Gragnani, Bobby Sanguinetti
Columbus Blue Jackets: Cody Bass, Nick Drazenovic, Nick Holden, Andrew Joudrey, Ryan Russell
Edmonton Oilers: Dane Byers, Tanner House, Alex Plante, Yann Danis
Los Angeles Kings: Andrew Bodnarchuk, Stefan Legein, David Meckler
Montreal Canadiens: Michael Blunden
New Jersey Devils: Jay Leach, Matt Anderson, Bobby Butler, Tim Sestito, Chad Wiseman, Steven Zalewski, Jeff Frazee
New York Islanders: Sean Backman, Colin McDonald, Nathan McIver, Matt Watkins, Ty Wishart
Phoenix Coyotes: Alexandre Bolduc, Chris Conner, Chad Johnson, Rob Klinkhammer, Joel Rechlicz
Pittsburgh Penguins: Philippe Dupuis, Benn Ferriero, Alex Grant, Riley Holzapfel, Warren Peters, Dylan Reese, Trevor Smith
San Jose Sharks: Danny Groulx, Bracken Kearns, Jon Matsumoto
St. Louis Blues: T.J. Hensick
Tampa Bay Lightning: J.T. Wyman
Toronto Maple Leafs: Greg Scott, Ryan Hamilton
Rumors and notes: “a hell of an offer” for Nash, Semin, Weber, Kostitsyn, Doan, Parise, Suter, Streit, Luongo, Bernier, Kane and Boyle
- Ansar Khan of MLive: According to someone with knowledge of the situation, the Red Wings made “a hell of an offer” to the Blue Jackets for Rick Nash. Which got them no counteroffer, no negotiating, nothing. It’s unclear what the Red Wings offered. Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson likely doesn’t want to see Nash in a Red Wings jersey 6 times a year. Howson told TSN that he’s looking for at least 2 NHL ready forwards. Though it’s unlikely that Detroit would move them both, the Blue Jackets may be interested in guys like Johan Franzen and Valtteri Filppula.
- Michael Traikos via twitter: You can’t really fault the Blue Jackets for not dealing with the Red Wings, but one less team hampers ability to get value for Nash.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: CSKA GM Sergei Fedorov said they are negotiating with Alexander Semin, but “there are more questions than answers”.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators GM David Poile said he spoke with Shea Weber’s agents on Monday.
“It’s ongoing and hopefully we’ll talk later in the week,” Poile said. “I would say (we discussed) everything about the Predators, where we are and where we’re going and what part Shea has with that.”
“Right now my priority is to see Shea signed and hopefully finalize a longer term deal with Shea,” Poile said. “To me it all revolves around that decision.”
The Predators and Sergei Kostitsyn have a arbitration hearing set for August 2nd.
“We’re talking to his agent (Don Meehan) on one hand. On the other hand, we’re preparing with our counsel for arbitration, and that’s August 2,” Poile said. “We still have time on that, but we’re preparing for that.”
If Shane Doan decides to move on the Coyotes, that Predators would be interested:
“First of all, I’m hoping the Phoenix situation gets resolved and he can stay there and finish his career in Phoenix,” Poile said. “If he decides it’s not a fit for him and would like to pursue other opportunities, the Predators would be very interested.”
- L.A. Lariviere via twitter: The Penguins are the front-runners for Doan, not far from the Sharks and Canadiens. The history, tradition and market are key.
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Zach Parise got several $100 million offers immediately. Buffalo reportedly let both Parise and Ryan Suter know that they would give them $100 million. Suter wasn’t interested in going to the Eastern Conference. By July 2nd other teams figured it was down to the Wild and Red Wings. It’s believed that Parise considered at least 9 teams to varying degrees: Devils, Wild, Penguins, Flyers, Bruins, Sabres, Red Wings, Blackhawks and Kings. One source said Parise eliminated Eastern teams as he was unwilling to compete directly with the Devils. Parise later said it came down to the Devils and Wild. About 24 hours before the Wild signed the pair, they signed Jake Dowell, a close friend of Suter with the same agent. With some big name UFA/RFA’s for next year, some may look to get a deal done before the new CBA in case there is a term limit. The Oilers look a long look at Mark Streit, Islanders GM Garth Snow said in a text, “I have no intention to trade Streit.” The Panthers feel the Canucks are wanting too much for Roberto Luongo, and the Canucks feel the Panthers are squeezing too hard. The Panthers are unwilling to move Jacob Markstrom, Erik Gudbranson or Jonathan Huberdeau. The Canucks may have interest in Nick Bjugstad or Quinton Howden, and it’s unlikely the Panthers like that idea. The Canucks don’t want to take on a bad salary. If a deal with the Panthers doesn’t happen, they’ll have to ask him for more teams. Have to believe that Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke did inquire about Jonathan Bernier, wouldn’t be doing his job if he didn’t. There are doubts about Burke’s seriousness in Bernier. The Predators may have to ultimately ask Shea Weber: “Look, we just went through this with Ryan Suter. We need an honest answer.” The Coyotes are looking for offensive help and really like David Krejci. Friedman isn’t sure if the Bruins are shopping him. This could be where all Keith Yandle rumors came from. Teams have been told that Patrick Kane isn’t going anywhere. The 36 year old Dan Boyle’s name has popped up, his no-trade is now limited, so teams are calling.
Bolland for Luongo a bad idea … Leafs make offer for Bernier … Jets – Kane talking long-term … No truth that Gagner re-signed … Flyers offered Parise $105 million
- Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago: Rogers shoots down the rumor of the Blackhawks reportedly offering Dave Bolland for Roberto Luongo, “There are so many reasons this would be a bad idea it’s hard to pick the best one.”
- Andi Petrillo via twitter (Hockey Night in Canada): Petrillo is hearing that the Maple Leafs have made an offer for Jonathan Bernier. Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Bernstein has no clue why the Kings would send Bernier to the Maple Leafs for Clarke MacArthur or Matt Frattin as they don’t have a need at forward. They’ll wait for a desperate GM to overpay. Aaron Portzline via twitter: The Blue Jackets are interested in Bernier.
- Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Jets and Evander Kane are working on a long-term contract for up to 6 years. It should get completed long before training camp. John Tavares and Phil Kessel’s contracts are being used as examples. Tavares signed a 6 year, $33 million deal. Kessel signed a 5 year, $27 million deal. If for some reason they went to a shorter deal, James Neal and Logan Couture could be used.
- Jeff Marek via twitter: ZERO truth to rumor that Sam Gagner signed an extension with the Oilers. Jason Gregor via twitter: Gregor spoke with someone from Gagner camp, have not signed a 4 year deal, still negotiating. Jeff Marek via twitter: Hard to believe that Gagner would sign a 4 year deal worth $13 million when David Perron signed a 4 year, $15.25 million deal. Gagner has produced more.
- Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Blues GM Doug Armstrong is headed to Toronto today for T.J. Oshie’s arbitration case that is on Friday. A deal is still possible beforehand, but nothing is imminent. They have discussed deals in the 4 to 6 year range.
- Josh Rimer via twitter: A ‘SOLID’ source said the Flyers made the biggest offer to Zach Parise on July 1st, $105 million. Source also said the the Penguins and Blackhawks offered shorter term contracts than the Wild, but the money was the same. The Devils offer was over $80 million.
- Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Kyle Cumiskey signed with Modo of the Swedish Elite League. He played with the Ducks AHL affiliate last year.
- Luke Fox of Sportsnet: Fox looks at 6 teams that could trade for Rick Nash. Boston Bruins: They still believe they are a contender and could take a run at their 2nd cup in 3 years. Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic, and Dougie Hamilton would likely be targeted by the Blue Jackets. Detroit Red Wings: The Wings lost out on Suter, Parise, Salo, Carle and Schultz and have the cap room to add Nash. They have prospects Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar that might interest the Blue Jackets. They may not be interested as they have a bigger hole on the blueline. Alexander Semin is still available and may be a short term fix. Why would the Blue Jackets trade within their division? New York Rangers: The Rangers have lots of young talent and the Blue Jackets are reportedly interested in Ryan McDonagh and Chris Kreider. They don’t score a lot of goals and will be without Marian Gaborik for a bit as he recovers from shoulder surgery. They may not do a deal because they may not find it worth giving up so many young assets. Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers have the assets (Sean Couturier and/or Brayden Schenn) to make a deal that could improve their chances on getting a cup now. May not happen as they likely won’t want to trade Schenn since they traded for his brother. They may not want to give up Couturier since the moved a young forward in James van Riemsdyk to the Leafs. Pittsburgh Penguins: The trade of Jordan Staal means they have more ice available for an impact forward. Sidney Crosby could use a scoring winger. The Pens could be worried what the Rangers and Flyers would be like if they had Nash. Deal breaker could be Paul Martin. The Pens may have to move his salary in a deal, but the Blue Jackets seem to be looking for forwards over defenseman. It’s doubtful that Martin and prospects would be enough. San Jose Sharks: They are deep in forwards, and the Blue Jackets like Logan Couture. The Sharks don’t want to include Couture. Would the Sharks be willing to a accept a deal included Ryane Clowe instead of Couture?
- Gord Stellick via twitter: With Ryan Suter and Zach Parise going to the Wild and not a “top contender,” it has taken some heat off the better teams to not overpay for Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan.
- Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Willis wonders if the Flames would trade Jay Bouwmeester to the Oilers? Flames GM Jay Feaster:
“When all the dust settles after the first week of free agency, if there are teams still looking on their blueline, we’re going to get a lot of phone calls. I do believe that’s one of the things that will happen is that the trade market will open up.”
Pierre McGuire said that Bouwmeester would be a fit for the Oilers, and they may try to trade for him. Starting points for a deal could be Ales Hemsky, Ryan Whitney and Nick Schultz. The Flames are looking to shed salary, so Schultz would get the nod over Hemsky, and they would need some prospects. Sam Gagner is one possible player, but it’s hard to image the Oilers trade him within their division. Willis doesn’t think it will happen. Both sides would be worried that a deal could blow up in their faces.
Some intriguing UFA names left … Flyers notes … Maple Leafs top priorities … Subban – Canadiens talks ongoing
- Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: There are really only 3 places for Canucks to trade Roberto Luongo to: the Blackahwks, Panthers and Maple Leafs no matter how long it drags out. Simmons wonders if someone will sign the 38 year old Jason Blake. Some intriguing names still out there: Peter Mueller, Wojtek Wolski, Cal O’Reilly, Chris Campoli and Alex Semin.
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: The Flyers tried and failed to sign Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Matt Carle, and Jaromir Jagr. They did sign Ruslan Fedotenko and 3rd pairing Bruno Gervais. They might still add a veteran piece or two. They are interested in Shane Doan if he becomes available. Mike Knuble could be a possibility. Rick Nash or Bobby Ryan won’t be coming to the Flyers unless the Blue Jackets and Ducks lower their demands.
- James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke’s top 3 priorities: “(a) getting bigger (b) adding a veteran goaltender and (c) adding another top two centre.” Not easy holes to fill even with $12 million in cap space. This Leafs team needs more top end talent, and to keep the puck out of their net. Mirtle thinks their top 3 priorities should be: “1. A top four (and preferably top two) defenceman. 2. Another NHL calibre goaltender. 3. A top six forward (preferably a centre) who has the ability to play against other team’s top lines.”
- Chuck Gormley via twitter: A source close to Bobby Ryan doesn’t see the Capitals in the mix.
- Dave Stubbs via twitter: Contract negotiations between P.K. Subban and the Canadiens are on going.
Flyers offered $110 million for Parise … 11 teams interested in Doan … Tallon won’t rule out anything … Oilers need to make a trade?
- Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher came close to acquiring Ryan Suter at the draft. Zach Parise was reportedly offered $110 million by the Flyers. Suter was offered more than $100 million. Parise took less than what the Wild had offered him.
- Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic: 11 teams have inquired about Shane Doan according to his agent on Friday. The Kings, Rangers, Red Wings and Canadiens are among the teams interested. “It’s heartbreaking for him,” Bross said. “Heartbreaking.” Doan wants to stay and set a Monday deadline, but the complicated ownership situation may delay a decision. Signatures are due on Monday for the petition to make the lease agreement a referendum in November. A sales-tax initiative petition has also been recently presented. Doan wants a multi-year with the Coyotes and 1 year deal with the promise of an extension if the team stays in Phoenix won’t cut it.
“I’ve told them, if you want to wait for Shane, understand you may be waiting in vain,” Bross said. “Shane would wait until the cows come home.
“Unfortunately with these things, there is a business aspect to all of this and, at some point, Shane is going to have to fish or cut bait.”
- Jim Matheson via twitter: There are certainly 10 teams that would love to sign Doan for his leadership and skill. Doan would be a perfect fit for the Red Wings or Rangers.
- Harvey Fialkov via twitter: Panthers GM Dale Tallon said he won’t rule out anything with regards to Roberto Luongo. Canucks GM Mike Gillis said he’s not in a rush. Luongo said on the Friday:
“[Florida] is definitely one of the spots I’d be willing to go to,” Luongo said Friday during a radio interview on the Jeff O’Neil Show on 99.3 The Fox in Vancouver. “At the end of the day, I think it’s time to move on. And I’m OK with that. I had a great six years in Vancouver. It’s a really wonderful city. I really enjoyed my time there. Unfortunately, I was not able to bring a Stanley Cup there. Probably my biggest regret. But it’ll be remembered for six great years.
“I think there’s a lot of cities that are great to play in, and Chicago’s definitely one of them. But you have to realize that it works both ways. There’s not only me involved in this decision. It’s also a question if the Blackhawks would be interested, if the team would be interested in trading me there, and if I wanted to go there.”
- Jim Matheson via twitter: The Oilers have too many one-way forwards, Matheson wonders if they have to make a trade?
Weber in disbelief still, could be sent an offer sheet … Yandle getting interest … Hurricanes out on Nash
- Elliotte Friedman via twitter: Shea Weber won’t be filing for salary arbitration, and Nashville can’t file since they did so last year. He’s a RFA and will be open for offer sheets.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN:Predators Shea Weber is still in disbelief:
“He’s still in disbelief,” Kevin Epp, one of Weber’s agents at Titan Sports Management, told ESPN.com Thursday. “They were so close this year in terms of the team’s chances. They really had a shot. Shea believed there was a good chance that Ryan would stay there. So, right now, Shea is still processing this news.”
Weber still may think the Preds can contend, especially if they add someone to replace Suter, and sign a multi-year deal. He also may decide that it’s time to move on, which then the Preds would have to look at trading him.
“We’re not in any hurry,” Epp said. “There’s no deadline to this. We’ll take our time and figure out the right thing to do.”
The Red Wings may now go after Keith Yandle now, but LeBrun isn’t sure if there is a fit. If the Coyotes are going to move Yandle, they may want to move him to the Eastern Conference. The Wings and Predators may have some interest in Carlo Colaiacovo. The Penguins will inquire about Yandle and Rick Nash. The Panthers and Canucks can come together on a Roberto Luongo deal, it’s likely that the Canucks would ask for Jose Theodore as part of the package. Theodore has a limited no trade clause where he has 10 teams he can be traded to without asking him. Source says the Canucks are not part of that list. LeBrun was told that Zach Parise had 16-17 official offers, while 20 teams inquired.
- Jim Diamond of the Examiner: There is about 2 months until the CBA expires, and they could be changes to the way deals can be structured. So, there may be only 2 months for Weber to get a really big deal. He’s at the negotiating table regarding the CBA, so he’ll see first hand what the contract changes could be. Under the current CBA, the Predators would have to go above the $100 million mark to surpass Suter’s 13 year, $98 million deal. Weber has mad at the Predators last summer for taking him to arbitration. He could sign an offer sheet, but the Preds would have the opportunity to match.
- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators have said they would match any Weber offer sheet.
“We’re not really proceeding with anything right now,” said Weber’s agent, Jarrett Bousquet. “David (Poile) said they want to sign him long term, so we’ll just wait.”
- Darren Dreger via twitter: The Hurricanes are no long going after Rick Nash as the cost was too high. The Blue Jackets were after Jeff Skinner, which is a non-starter. Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets trade talks involving Nash are in the holding pattern, told nothing is close.