Senators won't pitch for Parise

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:45 PM ET

OTTAWA - The Senators will not be making a pitch for Zach Parise today in Toronto.

While the New Jersey Devils left winger has to decided to test the free agent market, the Senators will not be among the several teams that will line up at his agent’s office in Toronto to try to attract him.

The free agency period opens at noon on Canada Day.

Sources say Parise is going to be seeking $25 million in the first two years of the contract alone — including salary and signing bonus — and that’s too large a price for the Senators to pay even though they have cap room.

Sources have confirmed the Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild and Detroit Red Wings are going to be among the teams that meet face-to-face with Parise and his agents with Newport Sports.

Expect the Senators to make a pitch for Islanders winger P.A. Parenteau.

He is expected to get a five-year deal in the $3.25 million range which would be much more reasonable for Ottawa.

The club is also looking for a defenceman. League sources confirmed this morning that GM Bryan Murray has made a pitch to the San Jose Sharks for blueliner Douglas Murray.

The Leafs also have interest.

More to come..

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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