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Penguins never got close to signing Parise, Suter

Jul 5, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

(L-R) Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Zach Parise of the New Jersey Devils pose for a photo during the cocktail reception hosted by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter at The Monkey Bar on September 14, 2010 in New York City.
(September 13, 2010 - Source: Andy Marlin/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

After trading away Jordan Staal and Zbynek Michalek during the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Pittsburgh Penguins suddenly had enough cap space to go after Zach Parise or Ryan Suter. The only problem is that neither player was willing to sign with Pittsburgh.

“You needed one of these guys to come back and say, ‘Pittsburgh is the place we want to play,’ and then work out the details from there,” Penguins GM Ray Shero said, according to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We never got to that point.”

Based on Pierre LeBrun’s information, it sounds like Parise and Suter didn’t even come close to signing with the Penguins. Parise ultimately decided between the New Jersey Devils and Minnesota Wild, while Suter’s final three choices were the Wild, Detroit Red Wings, and Nashville Predators.

Shero wouldn’t go into detail about the contracts presented to Suter and Parise, but he insists they were “very strong offers.”

It’s unfortunate for Penguins fans, but of all the teams that seriously pursued Parise and Suter, they’re probably in the best position. Ideally, they still want a top-tier winger to play alongside Sidney Crosby and to that end they might even attempt to acquire Rick Nash.

Still, finding the James Neal to Crosby’s Evgeni Malkin is a luxury that the Penguins are attempting to indulge in because they have the cap space to do so. Either way, they have a star-studded offense and a fair amount of depth. There’s no question that they would benefit from adding a top-six winger, but they are already a contender.

  1. jpelle82 - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    this doesnt surprise me and as a pens fan i am glad we didnt have to spend that kind of money right now either. i will be more excited to have the ability to lock down malkin next year than commit to parise for 13 years. wouldve been great to have suter though…minnesota works well for both of them….just glad they arent wearing blue shirts or black and orange next year.

    • stakex - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:52 AM

      Thats a strange reason to be happy the Pens didn’t sign Parise.

      Malking already has an $8.7 million cap hit, which is the same as Crosby. You don’t honestly think the Pens are going to pay him more then Crosby do you? The odds are hes going to sign a deal that comes with the same cap hit he already has… meaning the Pens could have spent all their free cap space on Parise and not hurt the ability to re-sign Malkin.

      The reality of it is there wasn’t much of a down side for the Pens to sign Parise, and any Pens fan that acts happy it didn’t happen is full of it. Sure the Pens can spend some money to sure up their defense a bit now, but the markets very thin on defesne so not sure how much thats going to happen.

      • jpelle82 - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:06 AM

        nobody needs three 100 million men on their team. especially when crosby is one concussion away from retirement, and malkin and parise both have wonky knees. i would rather them be able to sign malkin longer, he is at the end of his deal and will probably want and deserve more than parise. malkin has the hardware, parise hasnt really done all that much except be a good guy and average 60 pts a season…0.82 ppg isnt worth what minnesota committed to.

      • miketoasty - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:07 AM

        Did either Los Angelas make big splashes in free agency signings last year? How about the Bruins the year before? Teams that build from within seem to do better than teams that just throw around cash for the next best thing.

        We already know Parise is a stud but it will be interesting to see how Suter does without being paired up with Weber.

      • miketoasty - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:11 AM

        jpelle82: Any player is one concussion away from ending their career.

      • jpelle82 - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:12 AM

        this leaves the pens open for a better signing next UFA frenzy, they arent starving enough to overpay parise. it was a shallow pool of free agents, you knew someone was going to go wild and overspend. good for parise and suter though, they should be smiling all the way to the bank.

  2. suckitny - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Me too. Glad they didn’t sign as Kansas City Penguins…

    • hockeyfan1701 - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      You are about as new and fresh as rotting fruit. Get some new material. Perhaps some that is witty and funny.

    • jpelle82 - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:56 AM

      although if it were kansas city, they might have been able to swing them with their midwest charm. dont think these two were ever going anywhere other than minnesota or detroit.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 7, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      Suck it NY! That’s original.

  3. theageofquarrel - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Let’s just all enjoy this!!!!!

    • flyers22 - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      how about this ? its always good to know the best player in the world is on the eastern side of PA !

      • pens5829 - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:23 AM

        Right??? Keep believing that.

      • miketoasty - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:38 AM

        Yep, how many cups does Giroux have? Okay, fine how many scoring titles? Er, maybe just Rocket Richard trophy’s? None?

        Oh, keep telling me how Giroux is so good, when Crosby has won almost all there is playing with guys like Kunitz and Dupuis.

      • theageofquarrel - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:42 AM

        I am not even a Pittsburgh (notice the correct spelling) fan at all but where is the facts that Claudia is the best player in the world?
        So,if his douche bag of a coach and a money hungry whore say it then it must be true? Only in Philthy does this fly and nowhere else.
        Where is the Cup that Claudia delivered huh? Looks like LA is carrying it around.
        Where is Claudia’s Conn Smythe? Art Ross? Hart? Lindsay? Richard?
        Instead he got put on the cover of a video game!!!!! WOW!!!! Then that does make him the GREATEST OF ALL TIME!!!!!!!!
        Like it or not Philthy fans. Malkin is the best player in the world RIGHT NOW!!!!
        Put that in your crack pipe and smoke it!!!

      • flyers22 - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:50 AM

        yeah malkin the guy who got shut down by the 19 year old rookie the whole first round haha and you show the one video of claude with a bad hit if you want me to bring up all the cheap shots and diving of malkin and crosby i can do that or you can just go on youtube and look it up yourself.

      • miketoasty - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:13 PM

        Flyers22: That’s really all you have? Malkin being shutdown? Just like Giroux, Hartnell, Jagr etc in the second round by New Jersey? Players have bad series, at least when it’s all said in done I can at least say our two best players have a cup.

      • handsofsweed - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:41 PM

        Malkin was “held” to 1.33 ppg vs the Flyers in the playoffs. Coots is really good. Much respect for his game. But mathematics says Malkin scored 1.33 ppg.

      • mrpeihockeyguy - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:45 PM

        Hey Flyers22, when you talk about the 19 year old rookie that shut down Malkin, you mean the one that was bear hugging Malkin, and clearly interfering with Malkin every time the puck was chipped into the Philly end. Add to that the countless crosschecks to the back and head that Crosby endured by Schenn. Dont get me going on the classlessness of Hartnell. The rest of the league and fans knows what a dirt bag he is. Giroux is a good player, dont get me wrong, but is he better than Crosby or Malkin??? When he leads his team to a cup, wins some personal hardware and maybe even be part of a Gold medal team, let alone score the winning goal, then come talk to me. As someone pointed out, Crosby has played most of his career with 3rd liners so far.

  4. jnealsmanmeat - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    It came down to the fact that these two lightweights couldnt measure up to the talent, speed, fame and girth of the Soup Can. The Franchise will dessimate everyone in their path.

    • credible316 - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      I didn’t know soup cans were made of glass. One heavy sneeze and he’s gone!

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      Just like they decimated “Philthy” in the 1st rd, right?

    • michael90212 - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      Why do you keep saying “girth?” This is the second post of yours I’ve seen using that word, and I already corrected you once. Grab a dictionary. You are insulting Crosby when you say he has “girth.” You are suggesting that he is fat. It doesn’t make sense.

      As a non-Crosby fan, I’m perfectly okay with it when Pens fans insult their own players. But my concern for the educational system in Pittsburgh outweighs my personal desire to laugh at you.

      • michael90212 - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        I don’t understand the thumbs-down. Is that Pens-nation telling me that they prefer not to be corrected when they’re accidentally insulting their own players?

        Wow, no good deed goes unpunished I guess! Gotta love it when people go flocking to support somebody called “jnealsmanmeat.”

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:17 PM

        He knows exactly what girth means. He’s obsessed with the size of the team’s man parts, which, depending on your personal views, might be more concerning. I find the fact that he has a different account for every player and professes his love for them in a public forum is a bit concerning.

  5. williplett - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    So they got Warren Peters and Tanner Glass instead. Good for them.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      Actually, they got a good energy player in Glass. Gonna miss him in the Peg. No more GST line…

      • williplett - Jul 6, 2012 at 4:29 PM

        They made a trade to make cap space for the arrival of Tanner Glass?

  6. stakex - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    No suprise the Pens never got close. The only think we ever had to say they were in on the Parise sweepstakes, was the fact the Pens said they wanted him. There was no hit, no wispers, and no rumors that the Pens were ever high on his list. It was the media that made Pittsburgh sound like a more likely destination then it was.

    • mmmpierogi - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:20 AM


      If anything, the Pens fare better by having Parise out of the division and with a team that they play twice a year and that hasn’t made the playoffs since 07-08. I can’t argue with that.

  7. sjsharks66 - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    ^ lol someone was going to go WILD and over spend.

    • jpelle82 - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      you like that? little bit of subtlety, was waiting for someone to pick up on it

  8. sjsharks66 - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Best player in the world? Look at Malkin this year and what Crosby will do if he stays healthy next year. G is a great player, but he is not the best player in the world.

  9. malkinrulez - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    If flyers fans say it enough they believe it will come true.

  10. sjsharks66 - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    That’s all Philly has. They beat the pens in the 1st round. What about when the pens shut them down 10-3 and went on to win the next game also. Or what about every time the flyers tried to fight someone on the pens? Flyers lost all the fights also.
    They won the series but lost in the next round.
    St.louis beat my team then got swept in the 2nd round. I don’t see a point in bragging about winning the 1st out of 4 rounds in the playoffs.

    Could you clarify flyers fans?

    • drunkbro - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      sharks fans dont have much room to talk

    • theageofquarrel - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      They can’t. But they claim to have the greatest hockey franchise in all the world with all the best players.And how their team is signing every free agent and how they will trade to get all the best players.It all adds up to them not winning since 1975.
      Keep drinking that choker Kool Aid Philthy fan.

  11. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    michael get ur head out of ur ass for a second. soup can sid isnt fat, his chunky soup can penis is fat. RESPECT THE GIRTH

  12. purpleguy - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    So the posters that predicted the last week there was no way in hell Parise would pick the Wild are now second guessing that team’s signing Parise to roughly the same terms the Pens offered?

  13. charleslouis99 - Jul 5, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    good this means Crosby and parise wont have to apply for a marriage license

  14. jnealsmanmeat - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    How is it that most of u retards dont understand the soup can girth? I mean, its not hard to accept the fact that sid has a package that size that most of you cant even grasp. I think they sell pills for minny guys like yourselves. Just face the fact that sid’s package is a force yet to be reckoned with. Suck it!! ALWAYS THICK IN PGH!!

  15. cheers4ablumpkin - Jul 6, 2012 at 5:50 AM

    Nobody wants to play the Crosby mangenia.

  16. jimeejohnson - Jul 7, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    I’m solving this Pennsylvania feud right now: put some french fries and coleslaw on my cheesesteak!

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