"The deadline is Sunday, and I don’t expect to see anyone’s best cards until probably Friday,” Burke said. “That being said, the offers improved dramatically over the weekend. We’re at a double-digit number of teams that are in. Unilaterally, without any phone calls from us, two teams dramatically improved their offer over the weekend. It’s going the way I thought it would go.”
I think Burke will make a big push for Zach Parise next year. If Kovalchuk re-signs for a high cap-hit ( > $7 million), negotiations for Parise may go wrong. Parise seems like a perfect fit in Toronto, but what kind of return would NJ want? Depends on the situation I guess.