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Report: Flyers will inquire about Suter, Parise if they test UFA waters

Jun 18, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

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Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has been nothing if not bold. Last summer, he traded Jeff Carter and Mike Richard while inking Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine-year/$51 million contract. What will he do for an encore?

The Philadelphia Flyers intend to make inquires about Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, according to an NHL source that Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer recently cited.

“If we can improve our team, we’ll do what it takes,” Holmgren said, referring to free agents in general.

The New Jersey Devils and Nashville Predators are expected to try and re-sign Parise and Suter respectively. That means that neither player’s negotiating rights are likely to be traded and the Philadelphia Flyers – along with the rest of the league – will have to wait and see if either of them test the free agent waters. In the case of Suter, that seems very likely.

Naturally, wanting a player and actually being able to get him are two entirely different things. According to Cap Geek, Philadelphia already has $61,218,373 in cap space dedicated to 20 players next season. However, as was previously stated, Holmgren isn’t afraid to make bold moves to get what he wants and the Philadelphia Flyers certainly can’t be ruled out when the free agent period starts.

  1. sportsfreak13 - Jun 18, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    If they trade a big player for cap space to sign either of these guys I’m putting my $ on the team that player gets traded too to win the Stanley cup. Hopefully its the wild because with 75/1 odds that would be a ton of cash.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      This story should read… REPORT: If Suter and Parise test UFA waters, every team will inquire

  2. stakex - Jun 18, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Going after Suter is a good idea for the Flyers, but going after Parise doesn’t make any sense. The Flyers are already one of the top offensive teams in the NHL, and that was on full display when they managed to out gun the Penguins in the first round. What was also on display in the playoffs is that the Flyers have a terrible defense, which is likely caused by the lack of Pronger. So it makes a lot of sense the Flyers would go after a really solid defensemen. However spending what little cap space they have left to sign Parise would seem to be a mistake. Its not that hes not a good player that would help the Flyers offense… its that they should spend that money trying to sure up their awful defense.

    • biasedhomer - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:07 PM

      Actually, signing Parise does make some sense if they miss out on Suter. After signing Parise, they would have some talented forwards to use as trade chips to get a dman, such as Bogosian.

  3. eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 18, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Flyers need D ,end of story !

  4. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 18, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Suter has already states he wants to stay in Nashville or sign in the Midwest. Last I checked Philadelphia isn’t either.

  5. pone27 - Jun 18, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    This is so stupid……

    Flyers are way too high on the cap. Hey Ryan, move on…

  6. dannythebisforbeast - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    When in doubt Write about the flyers.

  7. eagoalie27 - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    The Rangers will be in on both. Praise and Suter probably will get a front loaded deal for very long terms like Brad Richards did last year. If that is the case and Cap Geek and my math are right the NY Rangers and Detroit are the only teams that have a realistic shot at them both. We will see but if I were a betting man baring something drastic the Rangers and the Wings will get either one. Both teams have expressed interest in both.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:33 PM

      Minnesota has 21 million, that would land both.

    • phillyphever - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:02 AM

      Parise already said he’s not interested in going to NY>

  8. mclovinhockey - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    The flyers would like to have parise and suter and weber…. Just like the other 29 teams in the league. Some reporters are idiots.

  9. goldenrodenthockey - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Give Parise and Suter $15 mil total, and tell them to divvy it up as they see fit….

  10. bleed4philly - Jun 18, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    They flyers are not signing either one unless they free up cap space, so let’s talk about that first: not resigning Jagr + Pronger possibly retiring, trading JVR, start there.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:43 PM

      The Flyers can’t afford to have Pronger retire, if he does they get hammered on the cap, if he stays around to “rehab” I believe they can put him on long term IR and free up his cap space (not sure if that’s correct due to his age) but if that’s the case he’s going to have to spend the rest of his contract trying to “rehab” which I guess is in his best interests because he’ll keep getting paid.

      • phillyphever - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:04 AM

        1) They can (they did this with Lappy and his contract).

        2) If there’s an amensty clause in the new CBA, the safest bet would be the Flyers buying out Pronger (the 35+ rule wouldn’t matter).

      • ThatGuy - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:21 AM

        If your 1) is saying they can afford to have him retire your wrong. They would carry his 5 million cap hit until 2017 because of his age. Lappys contract was only a million and expires in 2 weeks. A far cry from 5 million for another 5 years.

  11. freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 19, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    “Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has been nothing if not bold. … inking Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine-year/$51 million contract.”
    isn’t this a blatant inconsistence? Yes, I know, only time will tell, but still…

  12. drunkbro - Jun 19, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    I think it would be best for pronger to stick around and be consulted by the team doctors consistently anyways, for his own good, as long as they aren’t pressuring the man to play. Suter doesn’t seem to show interest in the flyers, and although the parise is a great defensive (and offensive) forward, it wouldn’t make sense to gamble with the sharks on him. The asking price will be high, and the flyers can use that money on a few other pieces in front of bryz

  13. tmoore4075 - Jun 19, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Breaking News: Many NHL teams will inquire about Parise and Suter and want to sign them.

  14. credible316 - Jun 19, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    The Minnesota Wild and Detroit Red Wings are the only teams who will land one or both. I’m hoping the Wild, come home Zach!!

  15. ravenscaps48 - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    How do they have the Cap Room? Like New York, how can they do it with the roster that they have?

  16. mclovinhockey - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    @ raven, Philly rangers are always making money every year. Philly is the number 1 non original 6 team in the league in attendance top 4 total with the leafs, habs and wings…. I guess Philly would be 3rd over the wings. Rangers are a huge market and always have a decent attendance for this league.
    That combined with smart drafting and good signings are why Philly and NY can afford to go after them

  17. mattmc20 - Jun 19, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Suter and Praise, we are proud to welcome you both to your new home in Detroit. You will love wearing the winged wheel

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