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  • The Press Box July 4, 2012

    Happy fourth of July to all our American readers
    Day four of the free agent frenzy and everything has come to a stand still. Until Zach Parise and Ryan Suter decide where they will sign expect very little. Once they sign, the action will pick up again.
    Latest on Parise. New Jersey, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Detroit.
    @JoshRimerHockey conducted an interview with Parise. When asked about the possibility of signing with Suter, Parise said he and Ryan (Suter) are friends and he has definitely spoken to Suter, and would love to play on a team with a defenseman like Suter.

    Rick Nash trade talks are going to heat up after Parise signs (or so Scott Howson hopes!) The teams that fail to sign Parise will raise their bids for Nash, and if a trade is not conducted by mid-July he may increase the number of teams he is willing to go to. The leading teams are Philadelphia who still have assets after trading JVR to Toronto. New York Rangers who are reluctant to include a player such as Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh, or Derek Stepan, and Detroit. If Nash expands his list, Carolina, Buffalo, Anaheim and Chicago may join the bidding war.

    Leafs not done
    Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke was on fan 590 radio Tuesday and spoke about the Leafs off season acquisitions and free agency. Burk said the team was not done and that they are not done. When asked if this could be the roster when training camp opens Burke said,
    "NO. It's not a real possibility at all." Burke has avoided over spending so far saying there is no value in the amount of cash and term being handed out
    "We have cap space, we have money to spend"
    Burke has admitted they are looking at adding a goalie, they were very interested in Martin Brodeur, and are not interested in adding another young, unproven goalie. Burke says there is a positional need to get a bigger number one center. With recently acquired Jay McClement as the third line center, David Steckel as the fourth and Mikhail Grabovski as the second reading between the lines I wonder where Tim Connolly fits when he is not injured and where Tyler Bozak fits. If no more moves are made, Bozak will play between Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul again, otherwise he will be part of a trade, and Connolly may move to the wing.
    Leafs writer Lukas Hardonk (follow him on twitter @LukasHardonk) writes on Hockey Writers why he thinks This Toronto Maple Leafs Training Camp Will be The Best Yet

    Sens still waiting on Alfredsson
    Daniel Alfredsson has still not decided to retire, or play one more season. The longer he waits, the more I believe he will return. With a salary of only $1 million the Senators may offer him a contract extension and signing bonus as leverage to entice Alfredsson to return.

    Jaromir Jagr a Star
    Jagr signed a one year deal in Dallas for $4.5 million. Jagr will no longer be playing with Claude Giroux who he shared very good chemistry with, but his fantasy value may not take too big a dip as he will now be playing with Jamie Benn. Prior to Jagr joining the Flyers, Giroux had 76 points (25 goals 51 assists) in 82 games. Last season with Jagr on his line after four seasons Giroux had a break out 93 point season. Jamie Benn is entering his fourth season which is a typical break out year. Last season Benn scored 63 points (26 goals and 37 assists) in 71 games, with Jagr and Louie Eriksson on his wings Benn could break out on one of the most offensive lines in the NHL. All three players could have huge fantasy seasons.
    Derek Roy will center the second line between Ray Whitney and Michael Ryder to form a potent second line.
    For more on Jagr and the Stars read Derek Neumeier article on Hockey Writers Stars GM Nieuwendyk Makes Bold Statement By Signing Jagr

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