ESPN is reporting that the Red Wings may make a move during the offseason to trade for the negotiating rights for either Zach Parise or Ryan Suter. Doing so would give the Wings more time to talk exclusively to either of these players before they hit the open market.
This would be interesting because it would ultimately depend on what the price would be for Detroit to get this early talking period. Pittsburgh recently acquired the rights to Tomas Vokoun for a seventh-round pick and signed him to a two-year deal worth almost $2 million a year.
Now the interesting thing is that these two players will go for more than a seventh-pick and the Wings already traded their first round pick this season for Kyle Quincey so the ammo left they will have is limited. According to the director of amateur scouting Joe McDonnell the Wings still hope to get two NHL players with the six picks they have, “I think it’s a deep draft this year, but I don’t believe the top-end is the quite the same.”
The weeks after the Cup is over (go Kings!) should be interesting for all of the NHL, especially here in Detroit.