Here is is the day we have been waiting for since that unfortunate 1st round loss. Here at Nightmare on Helm Street we will try and keep you as up to date as possible on whats going on with the Red Wings, and around the NHL. Keep this page bookmarked as we will be updating it throughout the day.
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3:30am-ish - SB Nation Detroit: Good news reports are that Ken Holland is expected to be in Toronto to meet with Zach Parise, and Mike Ilitch and Chris Chelios are reportedly flying to Wisconsin to meet with Ryan Suter
8:55am - @Real_ESPNLeBrun: Zach Parise will decide by 10am in terms of officially testing the market. Obviously, still a chance he stays in NJ
11:00am - @TSNBobMcKenzie: Parise will explore the market
11:20am - @TSNBobMcKenzie: Jordan Staal agrees to terms with CAR. 10 years, $60M. Done.
11:25am - @DarrenDreger: Ryan Smyth agrees to 2 year deal with Oilers. $2.25 per year.
11:55am - Clemmonson re-signs with Florida. 2 year deal.
11:59am - @Real_ESPNLeBrun: Brodeur is headed to market
12:00pm Free Agency Begins!!!
12:02pm - @NHLUpdate: Flyers re-sign Michael Leighton, 1 yr, 900K
12:08pm - @aaronward_nhl: Brett Sutter 550K/105 with a guarantee of 150K with Carolina Hurricanes.
12:20pm - @Real_ESPNLeBrun: Meech deal with Jets: $700,000 NHL/$105,000 AHL (one year, two-way deal)
12:35pm - @NHLGossip: According to Actual deal is 2 years with Phoenix David Moss signs two-year deal to return to Calgary
12:36pm - @NHLUpdate: Red Wings sign Jonas Gustavsson 2yr/1.5M per
12:49pm - @DarrenDreger: John Mitchell expected to sign 2 year deal with Colorado.
1:01pm - @NHLWiki: The Colorado Avs have signed former Senator D. Matt Carkner.
1:10pm - @NHLUpdate: Hurricanes sign Joe Corvo to a one year deal, Justin Peters to a two year deal per Jim Rutherford
1:15pm - @NHLwiki: The NYR have signed Stu Bickell to a 2-year/$1.5M contract.
1:25pm - @DarrenDreger: Konopka agrees to 2 year contract with Minnesota Wild.
1:44pm - @aaronward_nhl: Ray Whitney agreed to terms w/ Dallas Stars at $9 million over 2 years. It is $4 million salary and $500000 in bonuses each year.
1:47pm - TSNBobMcKenzie: Brad Staubitz signs for two years with ANA.
1:55pm - @NHLGossip: San Jose signs Adam Burish to 4-year deal, a little under $2M per.
1:59pm - @TheNHLSources: NHL Signing: The New York Islanders have signed F Brad Boyes to a 1yr/$1M contract.
2:10pm - @aaronward_nhl: Matt Carkner signs 3yr deal with Islanders, not Avalanche as previously reported
2:11pm - @pghpenguins: It's official. Crosby signs 12-year, $104.4 million deal to be a Penguin forever:
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Why is everyone inferring that with the Samuelsson signing and Tootoo signing, we're not going to get Parise? Let's not act like they chose Samuelsson and Tootoo over Parise. If we don't land Parise, there's probably a very good reason why...and that's IF we don't land him. I love the Tootoo signing but not crazy about the Samuelsson signing.
So with the signing of Sami and Tootoo that means we've put all our eggs in the Suter basket which is the right thing to do. Tougher to find franchise d-men than a 30 goal scorer. Forget Nash, I don't want him. Wait 'til next year and go after Gino because when Parise signs there they won't be able to keep Malkin.
Oh my god we brought back Samuelsson. No joke. http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index.ssf/2012/07/red_wings_bring_back_forward_m.html
From NHL.com - "Despite one report that Ryan Suter was on the verge of signing with the Red Wings, which he is still likely to do, both Zach Parise and Suter will wait until Monday before making a decision on their futures."
Looks like there are a lot of UFAs waiting to see what happens with Parise and Suter. Pretty much all the bigger names are still on the table.
I'm trying to keep this update as best as possible, im sure im missing some of the smaller name deals
According to NHL Live, we're not sending a representative to talk to Parise anymore :/ They're going to negotiate over the phone.
I think the Gustavsson signing is a good sign of things to come. It shows players still want to come to Detroit. I think he could have gotten more money and playing time elsewhere. It also shows that he is confident in the Detroit D, another factor in a goalie signing for less than possible market value.
We just signed Jonas Gustavsson to a two-year deal. I like this move a lot, as it gives us a young AND reliable back-up goaltender to Howard.
@ThroatShot Stevie Y does owe us for giving him a first rounder for Quincey...And...for...Commodore?
@Heathus9 We should've and could've got both. If they want to play together we're screwed for getting either of them. I think the Pens would rather have Malkin over Parise too, so they must be planning long term. Plus they unloaded Staal. If they sign Parise because we didn't I will vomit.
@Reddy I choose to take this as meaning that Suter has chosen Detroit and he's talking Parise into coming with him.
@garth Parenteau to the Avs, bit surprising that he passed Islanders offers to sign with the Avs.
@JPoulin All teams were told to go home and none get a meeting since there were around 20 teams interested.
@moorecha The Monster!!! Now he can play for a real team and not crumble under the pressure of losing in Toronto
@SamuelS Bob Duff confirms it @asktheduffer this is a good pickup for the Wings (now im happy Garth)
@SamuelS $1.5/2 years
@Reddy My comment was poorly worded. Instead of trading for Nash this y,r trade for Malkin next while he's in the last yr of his deal and sign him long term after that. Everyone would take Malkin over Nash and Parise. If they wouldn't they should be fired. And if Parise and Suter go to Pitt I may become a Leaf's fan, the most drastic thing I can think of.
@garth I would hope so :), sorry deleted my comment to add quotation marks just as you commented. (see above)
@SamuelS ...that's $1.5 per year ;)
@Heathus9 @Reddy Money left? You know that they can spend 10% over the cap, right? As it is, Detroit's got too many forwards so there are going to have to be moves made. Detroit will get Suter, I don't know about Parise, but Detroit will get Suter and a top-six forward, either by signing or trade, or both.
@Reddy I'm not even sure how I feel about that.
@Reddy Just remember that the numbers that everyone is quoting the media about available cap space is erroneous. They might end up trading either Quincey or Abdelkader AND the team can actually spend up to $77M.Anyhow, I'd bet there is a trade in the works, whether Detroit gets Parise or not.
And I still think Suter comes to Detroit.
@SamuelS I'm happy. Anything but McDonald
@RedWingsRule I got that ;)