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by George Malik on 07/01/12 at 03:54 PM ET
Updated 6x with Nash scuttlebutt at 4:17 PM: From MLive’s Ansar Khan, the Red Wings are pitching their deals to Zach Parise and Ryan Suter:
The Detroit Red Wings have submitted an offer to the agent for forward Zach Parise and hope to hear back tonight or Monday on whether they are in the mix. The Red Wings, with a contingent that included owner Mike Ilitch, general manager Ken Holland and coach Mike Babcock, originally planned on flying to Toronto this afternoon to meet with Parise and his agents at the offices of Newport Management in Mississauga, Ontario, at 3:30.
But Parise’s agent, Don Meehan, called them and said he has canceled all meetings because more than 20 clubs have asked to see him and he can’t possibly accommodate everybody. Meehan told teams to submit their best offer by phone, and the Red Wings have submitted a big one. Parise will consider all the offers.
It will take a huge up-front singing bonus to land Parise or Suter. TSN and Sportsnet analysts have estimated it could take bonus money of $12 million per season for the first two years of the deal, to procure Parise.
The Red Wings have calls in to the agent for defenseman Ryan Suter, and are prepared to make him an offer as well.
Ilitch and Red Wings advisor Chris Chelios originally planned on flying to Madison, Wis., today to meet with Suter at his farm. But Suter’s agent, Neil Sheehy, said on Saturday that Suter did not wish to meet with teams face-to-face and that all business would be conducted with him on the phone. The Red Wings still hope to meet with Suter on Monday. That remains to be seen.
Update: From the AP’s Larry Lage:
“We’re going to get in the mix with [Parise] and see what we can do,’’ Babcock told The Associated Press in a telephone interview minutes after teams could begin talks with free agents. “We’re going to do everything we can.’
Update #2: From Helene St. James:
DET GM Ken Holland tells FP Red Wings have made offers to both Ryan Suter and Zach Parise.
Told DET coach Mike Babcock on his way home from Toronto. Told he didn’t meet with anyone.
Update #3: From the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness:
And know the Wings wait.
Detroit has submitted an offer to Zach Parise’s agent, Don Meehan, and hope to hear back later tonight of Monday on whether they’re in the running to sign him.
The Wings originally were going to meet with Parise and his agent in person on Sunday, the first day of free agency, but because just about every club in the NHL wanted to meet with the top-prized unrestricted free agent forward Meehan canceled all meetings and told teams to submit offers by phone.
It’s believed that Parise is looking for $12 million per season in bonus money for the first two years of the deal.
The Wings have also reportedly made an offer to the defenseman Ryan Suter, the top-prized unrestricted free agent on the blue line.
Update #3.5: We must now name Ted Kulfan Captain Obvious:
You can bet those offers the Wings have made to Parise/Suter are rather large…fascinating to see if they’ll be enough.
Update #3.5: From St. James, in print:
General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press the Wings have made offers to coveted unrestricted free agents Ryan Suter and Zach Parise.
Early word is nothing expected on Suter or Parise until Tuesday earliest! Long weekend just got a lot longer for some! Bonus ask-12 million
Former Badger Chris Chelios very instrumental in the recruiting pitch for Ryan Suter.
Update #5: From the Raleigh News & Observer’s Chip Alexander...
Rutherford says Canes may receive answer on Parise today. Said decision on Suter probably would take longer.
The “answer” on Parise may be whether Canes are on the “short list.” Final decision by Parise’s camp could come tomorrow, he said.
And ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:
From Suter’s agent Neil Sheehy, “I am fielding many calls and methodically returning each one-by-one. It is going to take some time.”
Update #6: TSN’s Darren Dreger offered this...
Carolina and Detroit are in a strong competition with New York Rangers for Rick Nash. Nothing imminent. Canes said to be pushing hard.
But the Wings’ press corps pushed right back, stating with Khan...
Wings have had discussions about CBJ about Nash, but they feel asking price is too much and still not sure they would trade him to DET.
Continuing with Kulfan...
Wings have always liked Nash, how could u not, but the the asking price of young prospects (Smith,Nyquist) isn’t Wings style to give up.
As rumors circulate that Columbus may be willing to trade Rick Nash to the Detroit Red Wings it seems highly unlikely.
First, the asking price is going to be way to high.
Second, I don’t think the Blue Jackets want to deal him to a team in their division. That wouldn’t sit well with their fan base I’m assuming.
As did Nick Cotsonika:
For Red Wings to land Nash, what would they have to give up to get Blue Jackets to trade him to a division rival?
Heard long time ago DET was on Nash’s list. Just can’t see Jackets allowing him to burn them for years unless they got mega return.
And then the New York Post’s Larry Brooks weighed in:
Told that Red Wing offer for Nash is not competitive…Carolina, Ottawa, Philly not on 61’s list.
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