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from Jeremy K Gover of Section 303,
The prizes of this free agency class are defenseman Ryan Suter and forward Zach Parise. Some think it will take roughly $9 million to sign each player. Using that number, let’s take the best case scenario and say the Preds sign both (again, purely as an example). That’s a whopping $18 million tied up in just those two players. But guess who’s still not even at the salary cap floor.
It’s also assumed that team captain, restricted free agent and back-to-back Norris Trophy finalist Shea Weber will get at least an equal contract to Suter, if not a little more. So, based on the number we used for Suter ($9 million), let’s assume he nets $9.5 million. Poile and company sign their captain and still have $7.8 million left over per year to sign four or five more players. And what are Poile and company best known for this time of year? Shrewd signings.
note: the numbers listed at the site have changed just a bit with the just announced signing of Paul Gaustad
via KWilsonPreds tweet,
The #Preds have agreed to terms with Paul Gaustad on a 4-year, $13 million contract. More to follow tomorrow!
via Michael Russo tweets,
Just talked to Parise. His agents are still talking to #njdevils, so no guarantee yet he becomes a free agent Sunday (cond)
If Parise becomes free agent, he said it’s possible teams would meet w him at his agents’ offices starting Sun. (ala Richards)
Re: Suter, talked to Neil Sheehy 2 days ago. He’ll be in Intl. Falls; Suter at farm in Wisconsin. Mtgs won’t happen Sunday
Back to Parise, after talking to couple teams, nobody’s been given ground rules on where/when to meet. That could happen later today
In late May, Dave Stubbs of Hockey Inside/Out posted a Q & A with Hal Gill. One of the questions…
Are you expecting to talk contract with the Predators before the July 1 UFA period kicks in?
I think we’ll talk more coming up, I’d like to hear what (Poile) has to say. Right now they’re thinking about (UFA defenceman Ryan) Suter. If they don’t get Suter, it’s going to be a different ball game. If they lock him up, I think everything falls into place. I think that’s kinda what they’re looking at.
You would think the Predators would wait to sign Gill if they thought they still had a chance to sign Suter. But today’s signing of Gill may be the handwriting on the wall.
via Ryan Rishaug tweet,
Hal Gill 2 years 4 million with Preds. Done deal
... you do have to wonder if (Shea) Weber, a restricted free agent who went through arbitration with Nashville last summer, looks at the (Norris Trophy) award and wonders if this is a market where he can, at least be engraved, as the best defenseman in the NHL.
-Josh Cooper of The Tennessean, where you can read more plus additional Nashville notes.
from Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly,
A source told CSNPhilly.com early Saturday morning that Penguins general manager Ray Shero is working hard to get Suter’s rights from Nashville.
Even though Suter has expressed specific interest in staying in the Western Conference – and going to either Detroit or Minnesota in free agency – Shero feels he has strong ties to Suter as having served as an assistant GM between 1998-2006 when the Predators first came into the NHL.
“Ray feels he can talk Suter into coming to Pittsburgh,” the source said.
Shero is the guy who drafted Suter in 2003….
As for the Flyers, a Western Conference source confirmed that the Flyers and Red Wings both have significant interest in Keith Yandle.
“Phoenix isn’t actively shopping him but they said they would listen to offers and they need an impact center in return,” the source said.
from Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy,
Just under a week ago, we wrote about Alexander Radulov and his KHL rights being traded to CSKA, the storied Red Army club.
On Monday, the news comes that Radulov will indeed play in Russia next season.
The always outspoken Yuri Nikolaev, Radulov’s Russian agent, in an interview to Russian newspaper Izvestiya implied that Radulov is going to play in the KHL next season.
“Alexander no longer has thoughts, watching the sea, whether he should go to the NHL or play in the KHL,” Nikolaev told Izvestiya.
“We are negotiating with CSKA about a personal contract. However we are not in CSKA yet; there are matters we have to discuss with the club’s general managers.
from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,
A couple of teams have called to inquire about trading for the rights to forward Alexander Radulov.
There is “urgency” to the situation, Poile said, because Radulov appears to be moving to returning to the Kontinental Hockey League. The team CSKA Moscow recently acquired Radulov’s KHL rights in hopes of signing him.
“If these teams are interested, they’re going to have to move pretty fast,” Poile said. “I think if they don’t he will sign in the KHL.”
Tootoo questions: Poile said he had talked to representatives for pending unrestricted free agent forward Jordin Tootoo, though the two sides aren’t close to a new deal.
“There’s a little difference of opinion because he didn’t play at the end of the year and in the playoffs,” Poile said. “I’m not sure where that’s going right now. But we need to have more conversations on that.”
more on the Predators, mostly on Suter which you have probably read by now if you’ve been following closely…
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
I got a few tweets last night asking if the Wild may trade for Ryan Suter’s rights now that it’s out there that he’s supplied a list of teams to the Nashville Predators that he’s willing to have his rights traded to.
I never saw those reports, so I gave Suter’s agent, Neil Sheehy, a call and he denied them, saying it’s “100 percent untrue” that Suter 1) has a list of teams he would and would not go to and 2) that he’s given any list to Preds GM David Poile.
That doesn’t mean a deal with Nashville will get done prior to July 1, but Sheehy at least denies there’s any list(s).
I’ve gotten a ton of questions as to what I think will happen with Suter.
My opinion is essentially the same as what I wrote I believed will happen with Zach Parise: I think both will become free agents.
That’s not to say that after July 1 Parise wouldn’t go back to New Jersey and Suter wouldn’t go back to Nashville, but players like Parise and Suter have this opportunity to become free agents in their prime only once in their careers.
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