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Red Wings overnight report: surveying Tuesday’s Suter-Parise craziness

This has read like a spy novel for some time now, so let’s get down to brass tacks and do a little comparative literary shopping, shall we?

On Tuesday morning , a gentleman named Brian Idalski let Yahoo Sports’ Nicholas J. Cotsonika know that Mike Babcock was spotted at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, and after some late-morning chatter about Ryan Suter and Zach Parise taking their time to make their decisions.

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Chasing Zach Parise via the radio and Twitter as Red Wings fans wait for his, Suter’s decisions

Updated 4x at 12:36 PM: So we’ve gone from airplane watching to Tweets of radio interviews, NHL Home Ice’s Josh Rimer interviewed Zach Parise on Nextsportstar.com, right after NHL.com’s Dan Rosen posted the following…

Text from Parise: “Nothing will happen tonight.”

And here’s the play-by-play of the interview from the Washington Times’ Stephen Whyno...

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In less crazy news…Red Wings sign Nicastro, Tvrdon, welcome Gustavsson to Detroit

Updated w/ another Nicastro/Tvrdon story at 4:56 PM: While we’re pondering what exactly Mike Ilitch’s plane might be doing in Wisconsin, and maybe getting carried away and suggesting that, just as the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo was able to find Zach Parise at the airport, maybe MIke Babcock was waiting for him (doubt it, but for f’s sake, we’re at the point where speculation is just stupid crazy)...

The Red Wings officially signed Max Nicastro and Marek Tvrdon to entry-level deals, and MLive’s Ansar Khan took note of both contracts and the playing destinations of the gents involved:

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Red Wings Wings did visit Suter, but a decision won’t come until Thursday

Updated 22x at 7:28 PM: This is nuts in the Red Wings news department, from Clipper 377 on Twitter:

Flight data says a gulfstream registered to the Red Wings left Madison WI 40 mins ago. Bringing Suter? http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N559LC
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A Gulfstream 4 Owned by the Detroit Red Wings parent company left Madison WI 45 mins ago. Carrying Ryan Suter? #NHL
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@AnsarKhanMLive Illitch and Chelios were scheduled to meet with Ryan Suter today. They’re set to land at DTW at 5pm.
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@AnsarKhanMLive Illitch and Chelios were scheduled to meet with Ryan Suter today. They’re set to land at DTW at 5pm.

And RedWingsFeed has picked it up:

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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.

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Avalanche sign Erik Johnson to a 4-year contract extnesion

This had been reported yesterday, but the Colorado Avalanche are making it official, via NHL.com’s Dave Lozo:

The #Avs have signed defenseman Erik Johnson to a four-year contract. Details to follow.

Update: From NHL.com’s EJ Hradek:

Erik Johnson’s deal in Colorado is 4 years, $15M. Cap hit (AAV) is $3.75

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Red Wings early overnight report: catching up on Tvrdon, Conner, MacDonald and Hudler

Updated 3x at 1:40 AM with foreign language news—this if your overnight report, folks: This has turned into a siege. As you already know, both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter have chosen to wait until at least Tuesday to make their decisions, and Jiri Hudler signed a 4-year deal with the Flames on Monday afternoon…

But my decision to just cram as much as I could into the mid-day post meant that you missed Mikael Samuelsson speaking to the Wings’ media corps, which you may or may not be interested in…

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Red Wings will have to wait until Tuesday, at the very least, for Ryan Suter’s decision

As noted earlier this evening, the Zach Parise sweepstakes may take until Tuesday to decide, and as I wake up from a much-needed nap, RedWingsFeed offers this from the Ryan Suter camp, via ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:

From Suter’s agent Neil Sheehy: ``There will be no decision on Ryan Suter tonight and there is no timetable for his contract ...’ con’t
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`... signing at this time. Ryan is considering his opportunities and is taking the necessary time to give each proper consideration. ‘’

The Tennessean’s Josh Cooper received the same statement:

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Prepare to wait a little longer for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter’s decisions, Red Wings fans

Update #3 according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo and the Newark Star-Ledger’s Rich Chere, decisions could still come tonight: Well this sucks from a Red Wings fan’s perspective. Zach Parise has chosen to delay his decision regarding his NHL future, per TSN’s Mark H. Masters, outside Newport Sports offices’ in Toronto…

No decision from Parise
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Parise refused to put a deadline on his search
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Parise insists he’s not feeling pressure from teams to make a decision
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There will be no repeat of the stake out tomorrow; Parise is scheduled to fly out of Toronto
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Parise on taking his time: ‘It’s such a long-term, important decision, you have to make sure you look at everything’
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Parise on what has surprised him about the process: ‘How hard [agents] work, how much information they give you’
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Parise on Brodeur: ‘We’ve definitely been in contact’

And the Globe and Mail’s David Shoalts:

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Red Wings wave goodbye to Jiri Hudler, who signs with Calgary; Conner goes to Phoenix

Updated 8x at 4:51 with confirmation that Chris Conner’s gone to Phoenix: Sorry for the double post. Wrong blog: Well we knew this was going to happen: TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that former Red Wings forward Jiri Hudler got his payday in Alberta:

Jiri Hudler agrees to 4 year, $16 million contract with Calgary Flames. 4yrs x $4 mil.

Quoting Capgeek:

The #Flames now have the second-highest cap payroll in the #NHL at $65.9M http://t.co/eNaaIbvB

The Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness confirms:

 

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