Chicago Blackhawks fans can either celebrate or get on with their lives, as the free-agent sagas of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are expected to come to a close on Independence Day. It seems fitting that two American-born NHL stars could both announce their intentions on their nation's birthday.
Both TSN's Darren Dreger and ESPN's Pierre LeBrun tweeted Wednesday morning that they believe both players will be making decisions as to when they will sign on July 4. Where that will be is still open to wide speculation.
Suter was reportedly offered a 13-year, $90 million contract from the Red Wings, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press. He visited personnel from both Detroit and Minnesota on Tuesday.
Parise was mulling over a decision with his family that day. Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com tweeted about both players Wednesday, adding a previously mentioned notion that Suter would like to go where Parise lands.
Does the possibility exist that somehow 'Hawks GM Stan Bowman has landed one or (gulp) both of this year's top free agents? There seem to be several teams tied up in this story. It's hard not to see Detroit, who reportedly upped the ante with Suter Tuesday, still being a factor.
The clock continues to tick for the teams involved in the bidding, consolation prizes like Matt Carle and Alexander Semin and hockey fans around the league. There seems to be light at the end of this tunnel, as an announcement or two could be arriving in the next few hours.