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Sunday, July 1, 2012
Rumblings: Where will Parise, Suter sign? Who is left on the market?

By Pierre LeBrun



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 the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, Los Angeles Kings, Carolina Hurricanes and Dallas Stars, among other teams. He also has kept the dialogue open with the New Jersey Devils.

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. Nashville GM David Poile said he was also preparing an offer to retain him.

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

Know this: I doubt any team offered more money than Philadelphia for either player. We’re talking north of $100 million for each. But in the end, money won’t be the only criteria for either player.

Once Parise and Suter make up their minds, it should have the predictable domino effect on the rest of the marketplace.

Once Parise goes, Columbus will ramp up trade talks on Rick Nash. The Rangers, Red Wings and Hurricanes are among the possibilities. Parise’s signing will also heat up trade talks for Bobby Ryan in Anaheim.

Once Suter goes, it should move things along on the Matt Carle front. He’s the best UFA blueliner available after Suter. I’m willing to bet Carle easily gets at least $5 million a year whenever he does sign.

Future slam-dunk Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur remained on the market Sunday night, but several teams we spoke with felt the 40-year-old would stay in New Jersey. Chicago, Florida and Toronto were among the teams to have conversations with the Brodeur camp.

The Panthers are still talking to the Vancouver Canucks about Roberto Luongo.

And what of Shane Doan? The Phoenix Coyotes captain is on the UFA market for the first time in his career. Doan told ESPN.com Sunday morning that he wouldn’t decide his future before July 9, when a judge rules on a petition against Greg Jamison’s lease agreement with the City of Glendale, likely giving Jamison's ownership bid more clarity.

The Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings are among several clubs I believe have interest in Doan. He’d be a superb pick-up for any team given his leadership, goal-scoring ability and physical attributes. But if Jamison gets good news July 9, my guess is Doan will stay put in Phoenix.