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The latest on Rick Nash, Ryan Suter, Dustin Penner, TJ Oshie, Petr Sykora and more. COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline reports sources claim “as many as seven teams” have had significant talks with Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson regarding winger Rick Nash, while “three or four” other clubs have “kicked the tires” regarding the cost of a trade. Most of the teams interested in Nash are believed to be those who expressed interest prior to this year’s trade deadline. Portzline believes the NY Rangers appear the most likely fit, while San Jose, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Carolina apparently have “considerable interest” in Nash, though the Blue Jackets asking price is believed to be high, perhaps too high according to some GMs. Their asking price could include “help at Nash’s position at forward”, and doesn’t preclude a defenseman. It’s also believed the Blue Jackets, who interviewed St. Louis Blue president John Davidson for a front office job, won’t be holding up their plans for Nash, the draft or free agency awaiting Davidson’s decision. Read more
Latest on Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, and Jordan Staal.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Andrew Gross believes the NY Rangers won’t give up making a pitch for New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise if he becomes a UFA on July 1. Among the other possible suitors for Parise are Detroit, Philadelphia, Washington, Minnesota and Carolina.
PUCK DADDY: Harrison Mooney cited a recent radio report by former Minnesota North Stars GM Lou Nanne, who believes no one will out-bid the Wild for Parise’s services.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For those of you already growing weary of hearing Parise’s name linked to half the league in free agent rumors: get used to it. Unless he re-signs with the Devils prior to July 1, Parise will probably be a daily fixture in the rumor mill.Read more
Updates on Zach Parise, plus the latest on the Bruins, Red Wings, Avalanche and Jets.
NEW YORK POST: Mark Everson doubts the comments by New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise claiming he wouldn’t sign with the NY Rangers would prevent the Blueshirts from pursuing him if he hit the open market, if for nothing else than to drive up the price tag.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Kristie Ackert believes if Parise is serious about not signing with the Rangers, they’ll turn their focus toward the trade market, perhaps by targeting Columbus Blue Jackets winger Rick Nash.Read more
The latest on Zach Parise, plus updates on the Sharks,Blackhawks and Ducks.
NJ.COM/NORTHJERSEY.COM: reports New Jersey Devils captain and pending UFA Zach Parise not only stated his hope of re-signing with the club, but if he were to hit the open market, there was “no way” he’d sign with the arch-rival NY Rangers. Parise added there’d been no contract talks between his agents and GM Lou Lamoriello during the season, but added he expected talks could begin soon.Read more
Is party animal Patrick Kane on the move? It is quite apparent that the Chicago Blackhawks are growing tired of his frat boy antics, beating on cab drivers, strangling people at parties and acting like the town drunkard after a few bottles of Mad Dog 20/20. Read more