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Well here’s the news you were probably not waiting for, Wings fans. In addition to Ryan Suter not deciding until tomorrow, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that the Red Wings’ other main target will take his time, too:
Zach Parise’s decision will not come until tomorrow. Has narrowed the field to a select group and will decide Monday.
Update: Take this for what you will, from the Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo...
Updated 5x at 6:07 PM—dammit, blowing smoke?: Hmm, per Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos:
#NHL. Starting to hear Suter has picked #Redwings as his destination. More to come…..
Still looking for confirmation that Suter has pick #Redwings but the sense is the decision is coming soon.
Update: Cue Ted Kulfan...
Gettinhg sense suter choosing red wings
And then an ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun-style reality check:
Agent Neil Sheehy says Ryan Suter has not made a decision yet.
And along comes Ansar Khan:
Holland text on Suter: “Everything is media rumors at this time.’’ Of course, that doesn’t mean it won’t happen soon.
Update #2: From Helene St. James...
From DET GM Ken Holland: “Everything is media rumors at this time.” #RyanSuter
Update #3: Typical Kypreos!!!!!
Nothing confirmed as it appears Suter will won’t make anything official till 2morrow but some on inside say he’s leaned toward #Redwings
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.
Updated 5x at 5:41 PM: Finally, per the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff:
#redwings also confirm they have signed F Damien Brunner to one-year, 2-way, entry level deal.
Update: the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness confirms:
Updated 17x at 5:35 Pm: Per Sportsnet’s Mark Spector:
Our @maydayhockey says G Jonas Gustavsson has signed with Detroit.
Sportsnet is reporting 2 years, $1.5 million per season.
Update: the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff confirms.
Former Leafs G Jonas Gustavsson signs 2 year deal with #redwings.
Gustavsson deal is worth $3 million. $1.5 million per season. #redwings
Update #2: The Free Press’s Helene St. James also confirms...
As Paul already posted, the Red Wings have indeed sent a parcel of front office personnel to Toronto to make their offer to Zach Parise (can the Wings afford what Nick Kypreos reports is a demand for a $12 million signing bonus from Parise’s representatives? Yep), and this news from the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan shouldn’t surprise you, either:
Not a shocker and totally expected…..Hudler to test the market according to Ken Holland.
What do the Wings hope to accomplish today? According to the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness, they want to make a Rafalski-like splash:
Paul here for George who should appear soon, but wanted to post this for you…
via Pierre LeBrun tweet,
Red Wings have a delegation headed to Newport offices in Mississauga in pitch for Parise
After I posted it, I had to think about it. Was what MLive’s Ansar Khan stated, about the Red Wings’ brass sending representatives to Toronto to meet with Zach Parise’s agent and then sending Mr. Ilitch himself to Ryan Suter’s farm, was it all true? Or is it a sales pitch?
At this time of year, and after two-plus weeks of reading promises of similar plans of action, anything other than confirmation of a signing seems like scuttlebutt, and there isn’t a member of a team’s mainstream media corps, or partisan bloggers’ guild, that hasn’t sailed a sales pitch into the winds of the interweb, hoping to gain traction with a potential target. After all, with a dozen teams chasing each player, the odds of the Wings landing one, never mind both, are incredibly statistically slim, right?
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.
I’m starting to get nervous as nervous can be about tomorrow. Pretend professional blogger or not, I’m a Red Wings fan, and while the Red Wings’ beat writers have perhaps thankfully kept Detroit fans’ expectations somewhere under Red Bird III’s cruising altitude, emphasizing that the front office met today for the specific purpose—to go over plans C, D, E, F and so on, because the number of players available versus the number of heavy suitors this summer almost guarantees that all but one or two of the dozen-plus teams bidding on two certain American-born players will have landed the market’s “best” players a day or two from now, yielding a statistically small probability that either will land in Detroit, “program selling itself” included…
Well, everybody and his or her uncle’s cousin’s monkey seems ridiculously sure that their team is going to sign everyone they could possibly dream of. For five bucks each.
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