The Minnesota Wild caught the two biggest free-agent fishes on Wednesday. Now the Chicago Blackhawks, among other teams who were vying for either Zach Parise or Ryan Suter or both, will be looking to be part of the trickle-down effect.
Suter and Parise both signed 13-year, 98-million deals with the Minnesota Wild today, as first reported by the Minneapolis Stars Michael Russo. That means big money for them, and probably the same for remaining free agents who will now look to collect their share of the pie.
Matt Carle is one of the bigger free agents remaining. Bobby Ryan and Rick Nash have been mentioned in various trades. Considering the deals handed out for defensemen thus far, Carle could be cashing in on a massive payday. The Blackhawks may not want to get caught up in that.
Trades wont be ruled out. A source said that the Blackhawks were looking at Jay Bouwmeester as the calendar turned to July. The Calgary Flames have nine defensemen including Bouwmeester, who has two years remaining on his current contract (at a 6.68 million cap hit per season).
The bidding wars were fierce for Parise and Suter. Theyre likely to be the same for remaining free agents, but at a decidedly faster pace.
Everyone who took part in the recently-held fifth annual Franklin Middle School Dodgeball Madness charity tournament played for various charitable reasons. The Lake Park Lancers football team chose to honor a person who embodied the true meaning of service and sacrifice.
Lake Park junior linebacker Gino Romano took a few minutes to explain why they decided to play in honor of fallen Bloomingdale police officer Raymond Murrel, the first ever officer who died in the line of duty for the village.
Romano also discussed the Lancers’ offseason and the team’s overall preparation for the upcoming 2017 football slate.
I caught up with Romano at the tournament in Wheaton. Proceeds benefited the school, the DuPage Hundred Club, Team Red, White and Blue and The Pat Tillman Foundation.
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Davis Webb, QB, California
6'5" | 229 lbs.
4,295 YDS, 61.6 CMP%, 37 TD, 12 INT, 135.6 QBR
"System quarterback with more than 65 percent of his attempts coming inside of 10 yards. Webb has enough raw talent to be considered a developmental prospect, but his decision-making and accuracy issues beyond 10 yards is a big red flag that might be tough to overcome in the NFL." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
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