Do you think we (Lou) would match some 90-100m offer? I doubt it. From my understanding (all speculation at this point), we`ve made our best offer and are staying put (for the record - smart decision, seems like we can`t afford to give him more/by no means he`s worth more than that). Now it`s up to Zach whether he wants to take less and stay with his current team or choose a different path (DET or PIT, I don`t see any other team having a chance at getting him).
Both of those teams are loaded with stars Zach will get lost
I can't help but laugh at the people calling today stressful.
Parise and Lou had two entire years to come up with a way for Parise to avoid being a UFA. Did you honestly believe that if he got to July 1 without a contract, that he was going to pick a team within 7 hours of getting his freedom?
I truly believe he wants to be here. I truly believe Lou wants him here. I truly believe that Parise is using all the tricks in the book to get his money (and rightfully so) and I do believe that Lou's patience will pay off.
If you think today is stressful, just wait until next year. Zajac, Elias, Zubrus, Clarkson, and presumably the 40 year old goaltenders hitting UFA all at once. Henrique, Josefson, and Tedenby hit RFA too.
I hate Eklund. I think I'm gonna call it a day and *try* not to check again until tomorrow morning. My mind is already made up on this nonsense: I only want Parise to stay if he's being paid reasonably. Anything over $7.5M/yr cap hit and I wouldn't be happy.