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by George Malik on 07/01/12 at 03:11 AM ET
Holy crap. I read it and I didn’t believe it, and now I’m gonna read it again, per MLive’s Ansar Khan:
New Jersey forward Zach Parise and Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter are the top two free agents in a thin class. The Red Wings will make a big push for both.
Owner Mike Ilitch and team advisor Chris Chelios were scheduled to fly to Madison, Wis., to meet with Suter at his farm, and Holland is expected to be in Toronto to meet with Parise and his agents, according to a source.
Chelios is a close friend of Suter’s uncle, Gary, his teammate with the Chicago Blackhawks. However, Suter’s agent, Neil Sheehy, said Saturday that neither he or Suter will meet face-to-face with teams. All business will be conducted over the phone.
“We (he and NHL general managers) all know each other, so there’s nothing meeting face-to-face is going to accomplish, at least initially,’’ Sheehy said. “If Ryan is uncertain, that (meetings) could come into play.’‘
Other clubs (Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Chicago, Los Angeles) are expected to bid for one or the other, or both. And both are expected to speak with their current clubs after exploring the market. So it might take a day or two for a decision.
Continued at some length. The quotes are the same, but holy s***, man…And no, I do not discount Khan’s tale. It would not surprise me if Ilitch does indeed show up on Suter’s doorstep sometime today.
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