Four days into the NHL free-agent frenzy and it has been anything but, mainly because high-profile names Zach Parise and Ryan Suter have yet to decide where they're playing in 2012-13 and beyond.
It's put a serious hold around the league, with GMs waiting for both players to sign before transactions begin to heat up.
When free agency started on July 1, there were separate talks regarding both top free agents about their rumored destinations. The Pittsburgh Penguins seemed to be the front-runners for Parise, while most around the league felt Detroit would win the Suter sweepstakes as the quintessential replacement for Nicklas Lidstrom following his retirement.
So far, both players remain undecided. But, is it because of the minor details of their respective deals or is it because both have a desire to play with each other and are attempting to figure out a way to make it possible?
SportsNet's Nick Kypreos tweeted about the situation and offered his thoughts:
Listen to Parise in exc' interview with @JoshRimerHockey. U now get strong sense that unexpected delay may be he/Suter wanting play 2gether— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) July 4, 2012
Signing both players would be a monumental task for any team when you consider the amount of money both players are rumored to want while maintaining cap flexibility for future moves all while keeping in mind the current CBA expires in September and, assuming the 2012-13 stays intact, could see a different, lower salary cap number.
Yet, there are some teams who have enough space, and wherewithal, to sign both Suter and Parise to instantly change their fortunes.
Let's take a look at who those teams would be.