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Bowman, Hawks Look to Move On After Parise/Suter Rejection


Despite receiving the cold shoulder from top NHL free agents forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman, like several other rejected general managers, is optimistic he can continue to improve the Chicago Blackhawks in other ways. 

Although this summer's pool of free agent talent is somewhat shallow by typical standards, there are still quite a few players available, whether as free agents or on the trading block, who could potentially fill a few of Chicago's needs within the lineup. 

With the signing of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in Minnesota and defenseman Matt Carle, many teams have been forced to move on to their "P...

Parise, Suter Create Log Jam, Defencemen Still Needed

The Detroit Red Wings made no moves on day two of Free Agency. Almost all of the NHL followed suit.

This was because premier free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are still contemplating offers of $90 million from a bunch of NHL teams. If it sounds ironic, it is.

While media and fans sit on social media waiting for both superstars to sign, so do players and general managers. Without both players signing, second tier players don't know what the market is.

The Red Wings don't look good for a destination for Parise as of now, but Suter certainly is. There were numerous 'reports' that he is leaning towards Detroit, none more blunt than Nick Kypreos

Too Many Forwards, What Does It Mean?

Something has got to give. The Detroit Red Wings made four signings today, two of which are forwards. This is a strange predicament the Red Wings are in. They have $17 million left in cap space and are still in on the Zach Parise sweepstakes.

Parise will likely make a decision by tomorrow, but with Jiri Hudler out of the picture, the Red Wings still need a top line winger, which might come in the form of Parise or Alex Semin (or possibly Hudler, although unlikely).

The Jordin Tootoo and Mikael Samuelsson signings give Detroit 16 forwards under contract, not including Justin Abdelkader, who is an RFA, or Tomas Holmstrom, who is UFA.

In a league where you usually dress 12 forwards a game, 16 is too many. Factor in a spot for Abdelkader and a Parise type player, and that's 18 forward spots. What is Ken Holland going to do?

Evander Kane Wants Out of Winnipeg; Detroit an Option?

It's the calm before the storm. The playoffs are over and the draft is a few days away, followed by free agency. With a wekaer crop of free agents this year, there is bound to be a lot more wheeling and dealing when it comes to moving picks and players at the draft and in the offseason.

Renaud P Lavoie of RDS decided to spice things up by metioning that Jets forward Evander Kane wants out of Winnipeg;

"What's going on with the Jets ? I hear from a player on Winnipeg that Kane doesn't want to negotiate a new deal?"

If this report is accurate, the Detroit Red Wings have to be interested. With Ryan Suter number one on the radar and Zach parise at number two, they need a back up plan at forward. If they can get Suter in free agency, maybe Parise either doesn't sign with Detroit and they need another sure fire winger. Kane is that guy.

Suter Interested In Red Wings

According to CSNPhilly.com, Nashville Predators defenceman Ryan Suter has no interest in signing with the Philadelphia Flyers, or any other team in the East. The Front runners for Suter are said to be Nashvile, Detroit, Philadelphia and Minnesota. The Flyers wanted to upgrade their defence, but because he doesn't want to sign in the East, the Red Wings look like the top destination if he doesn't say in Nashville.

Minnesota is in the running because it is close to Suter's hometown, but they are apparently ready to throw 'crazy money' at Zach Parise of the New Jersey Devils (also of Minnesota), so does that leave room for Suter?

Flames Offseason Covered, What's Next?

The Calgary Flames off-season could hold unprecedented change.

New Coach? New President? New Goalie? New face of the franchise? It's all one the table as the Flames have missed the playoffs three years in a row now and panic has officially set in.

Deadline Probabilities

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TEAM% ChanceCOSTSelanne40High Pick/ProspectParise5Top two lines + picks + prospectsNabokov0High Pick/ProspectVisnovsky15Roster Player + PickMoen20Pick/ProspectPahlsson40Pick/ProspectRuutu10High Pick + ProspectNash52 Roster Players + High Picks/ProspectsIginla0Not Likely to be DealtGrossman60Pick ProspectKnuble15Mid range draft pickZidlicky10Mid range draft pickSuter0Top two lines + picks + prospectsHemsky30Picks + ProspectsWeber-100Arm/Leg

 

So up there is a chart that I made up illustrating some probabilities of players coming to Detroit AT THE DEADLINE. Not free agency; that's a whole different ball game. Maybe this can squash some...

1-2-3 Steps for Flames Turn Around

Part 1. Cold water in the face.

The warm and fuzzies are still there for most Flames fans, it’s hard not to be a little upbeat after having one game that encompassed a win, Jarome’s 500th goal, celebrating Jokinen’s 1000th game, Bouma’s first goal,  and a milestone for the coach as well.

That’s all well and good. However this is still the same team that lost 9-0 a couple games ago though. This is still the team that is 12th in the west as of today. We as fans have to be realistic, the warm and fuzzy feelings do not reflect what is real.

The Calgary Flames are simply a team that is mediocre most nights with the occasional brillian...

5 Moves to Make a Good Detroit Team Better

The Detroit Red Wings are rolling through this season, on pace for yet another 100+ point season and a 21st consecutive playoff appearance. While they already have a good team in front of them, these five changes could make them into an even better one, and all of them are plausible situations.

1. TRADE FOR A GOAL SCORER

There are not a lot of pure goal scorers on the Wings. Henrik Zetterberg hasn't been a huge threat and Pavel Datsyuk is basically a great set-up man. Johan Franzen is the closest thing to it, but he is inconsistent. A player like Zach Parise is someone who can score every night and would benefit from a move to Detroit. Look for fireworks at the trade deadl...

Wings Top Avs, Parise an Option?

The Detroit Red Wings took down the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 yesterday at the Joe, led by Johan Franzen's hat trick. Jimmy Howard recorded the win for Detroit, and Nick Lidstrom scored his team leading 6th goal of the year early in the first period. Dan Cleary also scored for Detroit. Gabriel Landeskog and Milan Hejduk scored for the Avs.

While the Wings won decisively, they started slow, and in my perspective gave the puck away too many times. Eventually they settled down after Lidstrom scored from the slot, and then Franzen got lucky a couple times. His first was a 'deflection' off a Valterri Filppula shot that just happened to clip his stick, the second was a beautiful ...