When NHL free agency opens on July 1, the Detroit Red Wings' top two targets are expected to be defenseman Ryan Suter and forward Zach Parise. They are going to be the top two free agents on the open market, and fueled by lots of cap space and a desire to make a splash, the Red Wings are expected to make a hard push to sign one or both.
According to The Detroit News' Gregg Krupa, Suter and Parise very well may want to sign with the same team, which would be good news for the Red Wings. Citing their history of playing together for the United States in the past, as well as NHL sources, Krupa reports that Suter and Parise may be looking for a package deal.
"I am assuming that, at least as of right now, they are a package deal," said one NHL team official, who is aware of the circumstances.
"They certainly seem to have set it up that way, themselves."
There are still another five or so weeks until free agency, and once it opens, a lot could happen. For now, though, it's nice to think about the possibility of the Red Wings landing both Suter and Parise. Krupa certainly made a strong argument for why they could both end up in Detroit, and if it were to happen, the Red Wings would once again be considered one of the top contenders to win the Stanley Cup in 2012-13.