DETROIT – The second day of NHL free agency went pretty much as the first day for the Detroit Red Wings, minus the signing of players.
Wings general manager Ken Holland, along with other GMs around the league, sat and waited by the phone for a decision from the two most sought after unrestricted free agents in this year’s pool – forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter.
And they continue to wait.
Parise told reporters Monday outside the offices of his agent that he still needs more time.
Suter’s agent, Neil Sheey, said his client wasn’t ready to make a decision either and gave no timetable as to when he will have one.
“There’s no blueprint to this time of year,” Holland said in a phone interview Monday. “We have to sit and wait just like anyone else.”
Parise was scheduled to return to his home in Minnesota to speak with his family before making a decision.
The only team Parise would say was still in the running for his services was New Jersey, where he has spent his entire career. He would not reveal the other teams that are still in.
The Wings still believe they’re in the running for both teams.
“There is no timetable for his contract signing at this time,” Sheey said via email. “Ryan is considering his opportunities and is taking the necessary time to give each proper consideration.”
According to a source, the Wings have offered Suter a 12-year contract worth $90 million.