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Destinations For Parise And Suter

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The offers were numerous for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter on Sunday, so it should surprise no one that they needed at least a day to collect their thoughts.

Parise got offers from the likes of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Minnesota, Los Angeles, Carolina and Dallas among other teams, while keeping the dialogue open with New Jersey.

By the end of the day, the Stars and Hurricanes said they were out of the Parise mix, the Kings felt they were long shots, while the Red Wings weren’t very confident. It certainly felt like it was down to the Penguins, Devils, Wild and Flyers.

Playing with Sidney Crosby is a big-time allure, but Minnesota also appeals a lot to the Minneapolis native, in my understanding. And you can’t count out New Jersey. The Devils captain told reporters outside Newport Sports’ offices in the Toronto area that he would make a decision Monday.

Suter received offers from the Red Wings, Wild, Flyers, Penguins and Blackhawks among other teams, while Nashville GM David Poile said he was also preparing an offer to try and retain him.

Hard to bet against Detroit here, but I’d keep an eye on Minnesota and Nashville as well.

continued with more unsigned players mentioned…

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MsRedWinger's avatar

If the Wings don’t get Parise, I hope he stays with NJ.

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 07/01/12 at 09:52 PM ET


Still don’t see why either of them given the other options available, would choose Detroit.

Posted by RoneFace on 07/01/12 at 10:26 PM ET


Because they win. More than anyone else over the last 21 years, all they’ve done is win.  And ask any player in the league who has been a Wing, which is the best organization to play for.
Not sure I would want to get treated well and given a great opportunity to win all the time… Sounds awful.

Posted by teldar on 07/01/12 at 11:01 PM ET


Because they win. More than anyone else over the last 21 years, all they’ve done is win

I’m not arguing this point, but if you’re a player getting ready to sign an 8 year contract (or maybe more) what would concern you more: the past or the future?  The Wings aren’t a dynamic team right now and Suter or Parise are going to be around a lot longer than Datsyuk and Zetterberg will be elite players.  The Wings system hasn’t produced anyone of note besides Howard in the last 5+ years and it’s not because the lineup has been too deep for a young player to find a role.  I admire Ken Holland a lot but he’s gotten a pretty big free pass for what he’s done in recent years.  The NHL team has needed more depth and the system hasn’t produced them.

If you’re Suter you can stay in Nashville where they have an elite goalie signed long term, should be able to afford to keep Weber, have a nice stable of forwards, and have a system that has replaced the players they’ve lost due to free agency.  Or you have the option of going to Pittsburgh to play with arguably the two best players in the league, who are both younger than Datsyuk and Zetterberg.  And if you want to be closer to home you can sign with the Wild (and maybe get Parise to come along too).  Plus, none of those options involves living in Detroit.

I just don’t see how or why Detroit would be the preferred destination for either player.  I think the media, most of whom came of age during Red Wing dominance when they’d get any player they wanted, just assume the current players revere the Red Wings the same way they do and I’m not convinced that’s actually the case.

Posted by RoneFace on 07/01/12 at 11:09 PM ET


Plus, none of those options involves living in Detroit.
Posted by RoneFace on 07/01/12 at 09:09 PM ET

You do realize that most of the Wings tend to live in the suburbs - where it’s quite nice, right?

But go ahead, knock a struggling city because their hockey history is superior to yours.

Posted by LGRWeh on 07/02/12 at 12:01 AM ET



Everybody conveniently brings up the wings past draft classes, with no regard for the fact that they haven’t sniffed a top 15 pick in 20 years.  Pittsburgh was so inept, that they picked first or second overall from 2003-2006, in which they lucked into malkin, staal, fleury, and crosby.  The wings never get a shot at can’t miss prospects, and yet they are an elite team every year.  You failed to give Holland credit for Datsyuk (6th round), Zetterberg (7th round).  Who have the Penguins “developed” in their system of note?

Posted by cistincheeks on 07/02/12 at 12:01 AM ET

Keyser S.'s avatar

Why would anybody want to play where every where you looked were hillbillies. Hillbillies in nashville. Hillbillies in minnestota. Hillbillies in pittsburgh. If parise/suter wanted to get raped by hillbillies they would’ve already signed in those places.

Posted by Keyser S. on 07/02/12 at 12:15 AM ET


Who have the Penguins “developed” in their system of note?

Posted by cistincheeks on 07/01/12 at 10:01 PM ET

I assume you mean outside the first round. Rob Scuderi, Kris Letang and Alex Goligoski, who are all first pairing D on their respective teams.

But from the perspective of a free agent, he’s not going to care how Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Kunitz (etc) got there, he’s just going to care that they’re there.

Posted by larry from pitt on 07/02/12 at 01:21 AM ET


Seriously? Scuderi and Goligoski?  I’m talking elite player development.  The overall point is, the penguins (which I admit are very good) went through a very poor period in which they were able to solidify their team through can’t miss prospects for four straight years with an ADP of 1.5.  The wings have rarely had a first round pick (never even a top 20) in the past 12 years, yet have the more wins than any team in hockey since ‘97.  I admit that Crosby is ridiculous, yet, his career is over.  I hate to say it because I don’t want his career to be cut short, but he is one hit away from being done.  I believe that hit will happen.  All it takes is one thug that doesn’t care.

Posted by cistincheeks on 07/02/12 at 06:57 AM ET


Parise stays a Devil.  He’s the Captain.  It’s his team.  Hard to play second fiddle after that.

Posted by 13 user names on 07/02/12 at 01:07 PM ET

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