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Airport shenanigans as the Red Wings and everyone else continue to wait for Suter and Parise

Updated 8x at 1:45 PM: the Wings have officially signed Max Nicastro and Marek Tvrdon: What a mess. Yahoo Sports’ Nicholas J. Cotsonika has the news scoop of the day thus far: a gentleman named Brian Idalski spotted Red Wings coach Mike Babcock at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport,* most likely catching a connecting flight from Detroit to Saskatoo (I’ve flown to Winnipeg many times through the U.S., and flights to Winnipeg, Calgary, Saskatoon, Edmonton, etc. originate from MSP), but that’s got the hockey world buzzing given that free agency has ground to a halt—and ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun will explain why that is:

The wait continued Tuesday morning as Zach Parise and Ryan Suter contemplated the biggest decisions of their hockey lives.

Parise was slated to fly back to his native Minnesota on Tuesday and it wasn’t clear when he’d have a decision made, although a source close to him thought sometime Tuesday was a probability. Likewise, Suter remained undecided.

“When a young man is asked to commit for 13 years, why is it considered extraordinary to take a few days to make a decision? A deal will happen when it happens,” Suter’s agent Neil Sheehy told ESPN.com via email Tuesday morning.

While the hockey world waits on Paris and Suter, other UFAs also wait. Matt Carle is the top UFA defenseman after Suter and you have to think it won’t take long after Suter signs for Carle to also agree to terms with one of the teams that swung and missed on Suter.

I like Carle a lot as a player. It’s going to be a terrific consolation prize for a Suter suitor. And so, the Carle camp sits and waits.

“Patience is a critical component of this process and we have plenty of it,” Carle’s agent Kurt Overhardt told ESPN.com via email Tuesday morning.

Given the gabba about the Wings possibly being in the Rick Nash sweepstakes, this is a refreshing note…

A source close to the Rick Nash situation told ESPN.com Tuesday morning there is still nothing imminent on the trade front. Of course, Parise still hadn’t signed yet either, which is the moment the Blue Jackets were waiting to get the ball seriously going again on that front. The suitors I think remain the Rangers and Sharks and potentially the Hurricanes. Carolina is not on Nash’s “list” but the ‘Canes would love to get Nash and they’re hoping he’ll change his mind. If I’m Rick Nash, I give Carolina some thought. The Canes are a team on the rise with good young talent and, of course, the recent Jordan Staal acquisition.

LeBrun says that the Ducks want a 2nd line center in exchange for Bobby Ryan, so no, Wings fans, that’s not going to happen. The Wings value Valtteri Filppula’s versatility much more than you might think…

And in his insider-only blog, ESPN’s Craig Custance explains one of the reasons why Suter and Parise are taking their time:

The interest in Suter and Parise has been every bit as widespread as expected. Part of it is because they’re great players but there may be an attempt among the general managers in the league to get one last star player locked into a cap-friendly contract before the rules are rewritten. Some people expect that the next CBA will come with limits on contract length although Kelly believes that won’t be the case. He sees other limitations coming.

“The next CBA is definitely going to put some kind of control on it,” he said. “They’ll deal with the heavy front-end loading that’s going on. There will be some type of formula that says there can’t be much more than a certain percentage increase and decreased from one year or the next in the body of the contract.” The bottom line? “I know the owners would love to cap it at five or six years,” he said. “I know the union will resist that.”


Update: From the AP’s Larry Lage, via the Detroit News:

Ryan Suter and Zach Parise are in Day 3 of NHL free agency with some wondering why they haven’t made a decision on where to play. The Red Wings are pursuing both players.

Suter’s agent, Neil Sheehy, has heard enough. He tells The Associated Press: “When a young man is asked to commit for 13 years, why is it considered extraordinary to take a few days to make a decision? A deal will happen when it happens.”

Parise told reporters on Monday that he was getting closer to a decision, saying he hadn’t set deadlines.

The two free agents are both 27.

*For the record, Babcock is also doing a book tour for Leave No Doubt in Western Canada, so he’s got a good reason to go home.


Update #0.5: According to DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose, Jonas Gustavsson is at the Joe today.

Update #1: From The Free Press’s Helene St. James, via RedWingsFeed:

Ryan Suter and Zach Parise are in Day 3 of NHL free agency with some wondering why they haven’t made a decision on where to play.

Suter’s agent, Neil Sheehy, has heard enough. He tells The Associated Press: “When a young man is asked to commit for 13 years, why is it considered extraordinary to take a few days to make a decision? A deal will happen when it happens.”

Parise told reporters on Monday that he was getting closer to a decision, saying he hadn’t set deadlines.

And from HSJ on Twitter:

Ryan Suter agent Neil Sheehy tells Free Press: “A decision is forthcoming but…. everything needs to be considered carefully.”

And from the Wings:

Monster is here, and we think he looks good in the winged wheel. http://pic.twitter.com/CMMD2O7Q

Argh, image too big!

Update #2: If you are interested, the Calgary Herald’s Scott Cruickshank penned an article about Jiri Hudler signing with the Flames…

“We went hard at this,” said [Calgary Flames GM Jay] Feaster. “It wasn’t one of those (situations) where we’re saying, ‘Let’s see if we can low-ball this, offer-wise, and see what happens.’ We came right out of the box with our offer.”

When the free-agent market opened Sunday at 10 a.m., local time, Feaster got on the phone to agent Petr Svoboda. They talked throughout the day, then again at 9:30 p.m.

“And I have to think I was one of Petr’s first phone calls (Monday) morning,” said Feaster. “And I know Petr was tired of hearing from me. It took more time than we would have liked, but we understood it. Because, obviously, we weren’t the only team making offers.”

But, getting an assist from former Flames forward Todd Bertuzzi, Feaster did get his man.

“I talked to Bert for a bit,” said Hudler. “He told me a lot of great things about Calgary, about the organization, about all the people working for it.”

Last season — playing alongside centre Henrik Zetterberg and left-winger Valtteri Filppula — had been interesting for Hudler. He scored 23 of his 25 goals at even strength, but was plus-25 at home, minus-15 on the road. No matter. The Flames plan to use Hudler lots — and everywhere. On the power play. On the penalty kill. But it should be noted that he spent 53 seconds — total — on the ice last season in shorthanded situations. Perhaps now that he doesn’t have to toil behind high-wattage gents such as Pavel Datsyuk and Zetterberg, Hudler may show a burst of productivity. Right?

“It’s one of the problems, particularly in a Canadian market, oftentimes if you say something like that . . . everybody has these wild expectations and I don’t think it’s fair to the player,” said Feaster. “I’ve thought about it in the same context as when Rick Dudley was the general manager in Tampa. He acquired Freddy Modin, in his prime, from Toronto. Freddy was playing there in a third-line role. Ultimately, he came to Tampa and he was a top-line guy and scored 30 goals multiple times. I’m not comparing (the wingers) — but (Hudler) is going to have even more opportunity to flourish in our organization.

As did the Calgary Herald’s George Johnson:

Michael Cammalleri. Lee Stempniak. Sven Baertschi. Alex Tanguay. Roman Cervenka. Matt Stajan. Blake Comeau. And now Jiri Hudler.

So, how’s it hanging, guys? Monday, the Calgary Flames added skill. And they got smaller. Geez, you won’t find this many hobbits residing in the Shire and Bag End.

The signing of Hudler, late of the Detroit Red Wings, is being advertised as a coup for the three-time playoff outsiders. How significant, naturally, is up to Jiri Hudler. Right now, the Flames look as soft as a baby’s bum, as Augusta greens after a healthy rain, up front. As is, they might have to hire a cut man, a la Angelo Dundee, to work poor Tim Jackman’s corner.

“In terms of the size, I mean . . . we really feel that we have to up our skill level,’’ explained general manager Jay Feaster during Monday’s conference call introducing the new four-year, $16-million Flame. “To the extent that you can upgrade your skill and if you can do with a guy seven feet tall, that’s great. But more than worrying about how big we are, how tall we are, what our size measurement is, we want skilled players. We feel that skilled players, and particularly a player as dynamic as Jiri is, creates space. That’s one of the thing we talked about with Cervenka. He’s able to play in traffic and he does create space for himself. We recognize it’s not an overly intimidating group physically, but we’re not concerned about the size.’’
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Hudler has always been a bit of an enigma. Surrounded, his supporters might say limited, by the vast talent pool in HockeyTown, this represents his chance for additional minutes, increased responsibility. He had the highest goal total of his NHL career, 25, last season. Not exactly Mike Bossy-like, but enough to tempt Calgary.With us, in an expanded role, we’re expecting him to get better and better,’’ enthuses Hartley, who certainly doesn’t lack for enthusiasm. “At 28 years old, you reach your full potential. Maturity-wise, you’re much smarter than you were at 21, 22, 23. I feel like we’re getting the prime of Jiri Hudler and it’s up to us to maximize it.’’

 

Update #3: The Free Press’s St. James tweaked her story:

The agent for unrestricted free agent defenseman Ryan Suter—a top target of the Detroit Red Wings—said his client is making progress but won’t be rushed. Neil Sheehy told the Free Press “a decision is forthcoming” but wouldn’t say whether it will come today.

“For a young man who is looking to commit to 13 years, I find it strange that people expect him to make a decision within hours or days. Everything needs to be carefully considered. Today is another day—really, there is nothing else I can say.”

The Wings badly want to add Suter, 27, after losing Nicklas Lidstrom to retirement and Brad Stuart to the San Jose Sharks. Both were top-four defensemen, and Suter would go a long way toward ameliorating the losses, as he’s a headsy puck mover who can join the rush and really help with the Wings’ transition game.

The Wings have staunch competition for his services, including from Philadelphia and Minnesota.

The Wings also made an offer Sunday to forward Zach Parise, 27, joining Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Chicago, among others.


Update #3.5: Here’s a programming note from Bill Roose...

New #RedWings goalie Jonas Gustavsson sports a Winged Wheel jersey this morning at JLA. A Wheel Deal blog to come. http://twitpic.com/a3he4p

And Red Wings TV’s Will Posthumus promises a video interview with “The Monster” later today:

Red Wings TV exclusive interview with new @DetroitRedWings goaltender Jonas Gustavsson will be up shortly! #monster


Update #4: From Wings prospect Jake Paterson:

live chat goes today at 1pm with James Jahnke of the Detroit Free Press for all who want to tune in #QandA #wings

The chat will take place here.

 

Update #5: We all knew this happened a while ago, but the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan is confirming the following:

Red wings sign former draft picks Max Nicastro and Marek Tvrdon

And, from Dmitry Chesnokov, via RWF:

Pavel Datsyuk brought the IIHF World Championship trophy to his home town; reportedly “half the city” came to greet him pic.twitter.com/4dYhPK1g


Update #5.5: The Wings are now confriming the Nicastro and Tvrdon signings:

Wings ink a Forward and a Defenseman!! Max Nicastro & Marek Tvrdon are signed to entry level deals. (come on, at least it’s something!)


Update #6: If you are interested, Yahoo Sports’ Greg “Puck Daddy” Wyshynski spoke to WBBL’s Bakita and Bentley this morning…

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And MLive’s Ansar Khan conducted two interviews yesterday, first with WDFN’s Matt Sheppard:

And then with WBBL’s Hugh Simonson:

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Update #7: MLive’s Ansar Khan is confirming the Tvrdon and Nicastro signings:

The Detroit Red Wings have signed a pair of prospects, defenseman Max Nicastro (two years) and left wing Marek Tvrdon (three years), to entry-level contracts.

The club selected Nicastro in the third round (91st) overall in 2008. The 22-year-old is a big, stay-at-home defenseman (6-foot-3, 215).

“He has good size, a big, strong guy, physical,’’ Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill said recently. “He can shoot the puck. He’s a strong skater.’‘

Nicastro had 11 goals and 22 assists in 102 games over three seasons at Boston University.

Authorities earlier this month dropped rape charges against Nicastro.

Tvrdon, whom the club selected in the fourth round in 2011 (115th overall), is a good-sized forward from Slovakia who had 31 goals, 74 points and 62 penalty minutes in 60 games for the Vancouver Giants (WHL) this past season.

Both will begin their pro careers with the Grand Rapids Griffins this upcoming season.

Update #7.5: Here’s the Wings’ press release on Nicastro and Tvrdon:

RED WINGS SIGN PROSPECTS MAREK TVRDON AND MAX NICASTRO TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACTS

… Both Players set to Appear at Detroit ’s 2012 Development Camp in Traverse City …

Detroit, MI…The Detroit Red Wings today announced that forward Marek Tvrdon and defenseman Max Nicastro have both signed entry-level contracts with the team. In accordance with club policy, no further details regarding these deals will be disclosed.

Selected by Detroit in the fourth round (115th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Tvrdon has spent the last two seasons with the Vancouver Giants (WHL) where he has recorded 85 points (37G-48A) in 72 games played. In six playoff games with the Giants last season, Tvrdon tallied 3G-3A-6P. Tvrdon, 19, was selected by Vancouver in the opening round (13th overall) of the 2010 CHL Import Draft after registering 45GP-25G-31A-56P with his hometown HC Nitra in Slovakia ’s top junior league in 2009-10. The 6’2”, 212-lb. winger represented his country at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships (6GP-3G-1A-4P) as well as the 2010 IIHF U-18 Championships (6G-3G-1A-4P).

Detroit’s second pick (third round, 91st overall) at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Nicastro has spent the last three years at Boston University (NCAA). The 22-year-old native of Thousand Oaks , CA registered 33 points (11G-22A) in 102 appearances with the Terriers. Prior to enrolling at BU, Nicastro was a member of the USHL’s Chicago Steel where he registered 115GP-15G-36A-51P-162PIM over the course of two seasons. The 6’3”, 210-lb. blue-liner won Gold with Team U.S.A. at the 2008 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge in central Alberta and as a member of the American U-17 Select Team at the 2006 Three Nations Tournament in upstate New York .

Tvrdon and Nicastro will join 39 of their fellow aspiring NHLers at the 2012 edition of Detroit Red Wings Development Camp, scheduled to take place from July 7-13 at Traverse City’s Centre Ice Arena. More information on this event can be obtained by visiting http://www.centreice.org

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Update #8: The Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness updates the Joey MacDonald trade issue:

There has been speculation since the Wings signed Jonas Gustavsson that Joey MacDonald wants out of Detroit.

The one thing Wings GM Ken Holland knows for sure is that MacDonald doesn’t want to be in the American Hockey League.

“His agent called and wanted to know what was the plan for him,” Holland said. “He doesn’t want to be in the AHL. If we can find Joey an opportunity in the NHL, we will.”

MacDonald’s season ended after a back injury, which won’t need surgery.

MacDonald, 32, has one year remaining on his one-way contract at $550,000, which means he’ll get paid the same amount of money if he’s in the NHL or minors.

The Wings would have a hard time trying to deal MacDonald because if they tried sending him to the minors he would have to clear waivers and any team could claim him. Plus, not many teams are looking for goalies.>

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No way that would do it.  Eaves has hit 20 before and is still relatively young, but as of right now, he’s an injury prone checker.  Emmerton hasn’t proven much, has little potential and is probably waiver fodder in the fall.  Joey Mac is a decent team guy with some experience, but he’s never proven he can hold down a back up job at the NHL level.  He’s probably waiver fodder too.  Tater is the only thing in that package worth anything to Carolina.  Howson won’t get what he wants for Nash, but he can still get more then this, and if he has to, it looks like he’s willing to wait it out until Nash adds some teams to his list.

Forget you mentioned Flip, who Columbus would certainly want, but they can still get better from another team.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 07/03/12 at 03:25 PM ET

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Stolen from twitter:

‏@Twig81

parise is probably still in toronto trying to pick an airline.

Posted by detroitredwings on 07/03/12 at 03:26 PM ET

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When Wings drafted NiCastro, he was 6’, 195.  In just three years time, he’s already 6’3”, 215.  WTF’s in the water in BC?

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 07/03/12 at 03:26 PM ET

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As for Nash, Howson’s still a fuching idiot.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 07/03/12 at 03:27 PM ET

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Nash isn’t going to add teams for the sake of helping out the guy who said it was Nash who wanted the trade when it came out that really he’d been asked to waive is NMC.

Just saying.

And last I checked when Eaves was healthy and the team needed it, he was the guy that swung into the top 6 to keep us going.  And TBH, I completely forgot about Abby, hah.  Throw him in there too.

Do you think NYR are going to let go of McDunaugh, Kreider, Stepan, Girardi and 1st rounders?  Seriously?

Now try to put together a package of Ranger players they’d actually move that’s better than what I just offered of the Wings roster.  Wings are sitting with a gluttony of F’s.. is NY?  How many NHL goalies (don’t forget, when it counted, Joey stepped in a did great, keeping our streak going) can NYR offer?  How many top 6 centers can they offer?

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/03/12 at 03:29 PM ET

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3 of those guys are specialty teams players as well.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/03/12 at 03:31 PM ET

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Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 07/03/12 at 01:25 PM ET

Problem is, Nash has a No Movement Clause in his contract and has supplied a list of teams.  Only certain teams have the ownership capital or cap space to take him on.  Means the market for him is VERY thin and it’s going to come down to which deal with Howson be able to stomach the most, not what kind of steal can he get for him.

Wings I think are the only team with the luxury of being able to throw in a top 6 2-way center, since we have both Pav and Z.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/03/12 at 03:34 PM ET

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parise is probably still in toronto trying to pick an airline.

probably on the phone with his fiance about the decision.

Posted by MoreShoot on 07/03/12 at 03:36 PM ET

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Posted by MoreShoot on 07/03/12 at 01:36 PM ET

This is a big decision for him.  Anyone of these fights could get delayed, have fat in the seat next to you, ugly flight attendants.  What’s wrong with taking a little time to consider all your options and make a decision?

I feel like the guy has been at the airport all day, wtf.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/03/12 at 03:41 PM ET

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fat person*

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/03/12 at 03:42 PM ET

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If Parise signs with the Wild then the career cost for no stanley cup is 100MM.  But it’s really not about the money, eh.

Posted by beelza on 07/03/12 at 03:53 PM ET

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I wouldn’t mind seeing Nash in Detroit (though I’d rather see Semin signed or a traded for Bobby Ryan, assuming the Wings don’t sign Parise), but that deal wouldn’t get him.  Even if the Rangers were willing to give up just two of those aforementioned players, along with some lesser prospects and Dubinsky, it would be better than that deal.  Or if the Flyers, who are always trade hungry, sent someone out Simmonds, B. Schenn or Couturier in a package.  Howson isn’t going to get anything near as good as the package he allegedly rejected from Sather at the deadline, but he does have more leverage then you think.  Nash is under contract, he can’t sit out.  The Blue Jackets are so bad, that having a disgruntled captain around couldn’t make them any worse.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 07/03/12 at 03:54 PM ET

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I live in Saskatoon and will kick Babs ass back to the action, LOL!

He might already be at his cottage at Emma Lake near Saskatoon, maybe he is fishing for the wrong kind of Fish!!

Howson is totally out of his mind and Nash is not a top 10 forward in the NHL and neither is Parise, IMO!

Time to move on and sign Carle, etc? Salvador has resigned. 

This delay is a bit of BS, their agents knew with the new CBA and thin UFAs this year that Parise/Suter were going to get south of the $13M Cindy got and something front loaded for 2 years $10 M Bonus per year and $2M Salary!

If I were a UFA I would want a shot at a CUP first, a good organization, family, $$$, in any order after that.  Minny isn’t a Cup team, Devils in Financial Chaos, Pens (can’t afford $30-$40M) on 3 or 4 players, Shithawks (no chemistry), Nashville (will Weber stay, no IMO).

So there I have it figured out, LOL, No GM here!!!

There were many other top end UFA signings in Day one in previous years frenzy.

Dumb Ass agents in my opinion! With no Communication skills. Who hires Sheehy for an agent, DUH!

Again I think Holland should move to Plan B,C, D AND if we get one of these UFAs, trade someone. No Z, Pav, Kronner, Nyquist, Smith, Howie, Helm, Fil????, I probably missed someone.

People who can’t make decisions with calculated Risks are going to sucking the soggy end, IMO!

I think Suter is the only one that maybe will sign with Wings but the package theory is not far behind!

Phew, Rant done!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 07/03/12 at 03:58 PM ET

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The Wings would have a hard time trying to deal MacDonald because if they tried sending him to the minors he would have to clear waivers and any team could claim him. Plus, not many teams are looking for goalies.

Winnipeg?

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 07/03/12 at 04:00 PM ET

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Forgot ! All flights I have taken to and from Saskatoon to and from the US stop in Minneapolis /St Paul, hmmm..That is were Parise is apparently!  Babs should take a quick trip between connecting to Saskatoon and serenade Parise!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 07/03/12 at 04:02 PM ET

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Time to move on and sign Carle, etc?

I don’t know why anyone would move on to Plans B, C or D when Plan A is still a possibilty.

Posted by Garth on 07/03/12 at 04:04 PM ET

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LeBrun says that the Ducks want a 2nd line center in exchange for Bobby Ryan, so no, Wings fans, that’s not going to happen. The Wings value Valtteri Filppula’s versatility much more than you might think…

I’m sorry, but this is exactly the kind of mindset that has to be thrown out the window this off season. For too long now Holland has played it “safe” and stuck by with his core guys (albeit a very strong core) while other teams have gambled on some fa’s or via trades. Some of them pan out and some don’t. The status quo won’t work for Detroit this season, however. All anyone could talk about the past 1-2 years (including Babbles) was how Detroit needed a legitimate goal scorer and more size and Ryan fills both those roles. Now matter how much Holland and Mick Redmond want to believe that scorer is Franzen, it’s not. I like Fil a lot…but he’s a play maker and is bloody afraid to shoot the puck. Ryan is big, physical and gets to the net…and scores.  If we miss out on Parise, Ryan imo is a guy Holland should look long and hard at.

Posted by godblender on 07/03/12 at 04:06 PM ET

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Even if the Rangers were willing to give up just two of those aforementioned players, along with some lesser prospects and Dubinsky,

They’ve stated they will not.  Best player I’ve seen put forth by them has been Anisimov or Del Zotto.  Also wont part with D prospect Erixon.

Or if the Flyers, who are always trade hungry, sent someone out Simmonds, B. Schenn or Couturier in a package. 

Holmgren just spent last off-season reacquiring prospect for Philly DRASTICALLY deplete prospect pool.  They’d want to move roster players to free up space.  Corturier is 27point bottom 6er right now.  No points in the playoffs.  Simmonds, not a center. Schenn has farther to go developmentally than Courturier.  None of those players are a top 6 C. 

Living in Columbus, I can tell you the need for top 6 C’s is paramount.  Fil could be a top line center on a lot of teams that dont’ have a P and Z ahead of him on the depth chart.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/03/12 at 04:07 PM ET

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Posted by godblender on 07/03/12 at 02:06 PM ET

This.  I think Holland is gunshy since he almost traded Pav for Gomez back when Pav couldn’t produce in the post season.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/03/12 at 04:11 PM ET

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Posted by Garth on 07/03/12 at 02:04 PM ET

Why not have Carle and Suter?

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 07/03/12 at 04:17 PM ET

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A plane registered to Olympia flew from DTW to Madison this morning and is now on its way back http://is.gd/yMUmQK

Somethings FISHYYYYY!  smile

Posted by red_wings_49 from Mad Heights, MI on 07/03/12 at 04:18 PM ET

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I don’t know why anyone would move on to Plans B, C or D when Plan A is still a possibilty.

In the Wings case I think they need both Suter AND Carle. Who is replacing Stuart’s physical play?  I don’t see anyone on the roster or ready to make the jump to Top 4 as a physical D Man.

As I said before Trade are and will be necessary for Wings as they have too many forwards at this time, anyway.  You can never have too many many D men!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 07/03/12 at 04:18 PM ET

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http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N559LC/history/20120703/1430Z/KDTW/KMSN

Hasn’t left yet…but…heh…

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 07/03/12 at 04:20 PM ET

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It’s probably pretty trivial in the grand scheme of things, but I wonder if the thought of playing in the upcoming Winter Classic outdoors in front of a Big House crowd has at least crossed the minds of Parise/Suter.

Posted by Derek from Marquette on 07/03/12 at 04:20 PM ET

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parise is probably still in toronto trying to pick an airline.

When a young man is asked to commit for 4-5 hours, why is it considered extraordinary to take some time to make a decision? A deal will happen when it happens.

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 07/03/12 at 04:22 PM ET

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http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N559LC/history/20120703/1430Z/KDTW/KMSN
Hasn’t left yet…but…heh…
Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 07/03/12 at 02:20 PM ET

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N559LC

Yipeee!!!! That plane is winging its way to motown, hopefully with Suter on board!

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 07/03/12 at 04:23 PM ET

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Yipeee!!!! That plane is winging its way to motown, hopefully with Suter on board!...
for a press conference back at the Joe?

What else could be accomplished in the 3 hours it was there? I suppose a 1 hour meeting, or just to drop off a delegation (or a down payment in bullion?)

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 07/03/12 at 04:28 PM ET

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When a young man is asked to commit for 4-5 hours, why is it considered extraordinary to take some time to make a decision?

I hear ya brother… I can barely take time to read a book.  cheese

Posted by calquake on 07/03/12 at 04:29 PM ET

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Time zone fail.  sick

De Plane is not scheduled to leave for Motown for another 45 minutes.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 07/03/12 at 04:31 PM ET

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De Plane is not scheduled to leave for Motown for another 45 minutes.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 07/03/12 at 02:31 PM ET

That’s good. They are waiting to board the final TWO passengers.  What a way to be welcomed to your new home for 13 years.  A private jet with a briefcase filled with cash hidden on board.

Posted by cementslinger from Midland MI on 07/03/12 at 04:36 PM ET

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Ken Holland’s job of the day: Convincing Anaheim that Emmerton and Abdelkader are both future 2nd line Centers

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 07/03/12 at 11:35 AM ET

Well, someone once convinced the Ducks that George Parros was a hockey player, so anything’s possible.

Posted by Seaner from San Jose on 07/03/12 at 05:26 PM ET

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