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While the two biggest stars on the NHL free-agent market were still pondering their futures, a future Hall of Famer found a new home in Texas.
The Dallas Stars signed 40-year Jaromir Jagr to a one-year deal worth $4.55 million on Tuesday.
“When a young man is asked to commit for 13 years, why is it considered extraordinary to take a few days to make a decision?” Neil Sheehy, Suter’s agent, wrote in an email. “A deal will happen when it happens.”
Parise hasn’t met with any teams, one of his agents, Wade Arnott, told The Associated Press. His other agent, Don Meehan, said there was no chance the coveted client would make a decision Tuesday night.
“We will resume tomorrow,” Arnott wrote in a text message Tuesday night.
The New Jersey Devils want their top forward available to re-sign while Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Detroit and Minnesota are among the teams that are trying to lure him away.
Parise said he has been looking at where he wants to live, where he’ll be happy and what team he wants to play for since hitting the market Sunday. And, he’s looking forward to being done with the process.
The two free agents are both 27 and each has been with only one team during their seven-season careers. Suter has played for the Nashville Predators, who are hoping for a quick answer from him so that they can move onto Plan B if necessary. The Predators aren’t alone.
Second-tier free agents such as defenseman Matt Carle and forward Alexander Semin seem to be waiting for Suter and Praise to sign so that they can offer their talents to teams that don’t get a top target.
Some players, however, have jumped at chances to re-sign or sign in the opening three days of free agency.
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