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:
This clearly made Red Wings fans a bit excited, and when Suter didn't sign, they went back into panic mode.
Regardless on what happens with Parise, there are other palyers in the market that the Wings can target, including Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan, Alex Semin and players we haven't even thought of. Suter is a necessity and he is the number one need. Parise is the diamond that you can live without.
Even with Suter, the Red Wings defence is not up to par. They have two players that are probably going to be number one and two in Niklas Kronwall and Brendan Smith. After that, they have three question marks in Jonathan Ericsson, Kyle Quincey and Jakub Kindl. Ian White was effective when with Nicklas Lidstrom last year, but was not so good without him (when Lidstrom was hurt).
The only defencemen still on the market that has puck moving capabilites is Matt Carle. The rest are in the same boat as the Ericsson, Quincey and Kindl group.
It's not like the Red Wings have a plethora of defensive prospects in the system, either. They have Ryan Sproul and Xavier Ouellett, but the list drops off fast.
The Red Wings will definetely be in the market for Carle, but if any other UFA is signed, the defensive core is in trouble. The only solution if Suter and Carle are not hear is via trade, and there are not a lot of teams selling top end defensive talent as of now.
Therefore, cross your fingers and pray to the hockey gods that Suter comes to his senses and becomes the next fan favourite player with the Detroit Red Wings.
One Signing to Note: Detroit locked up 2011 4th Rounder Marek Tvrdon to an entry level deal
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