Originally posted on Speculative Sports  |  Last updated 3/24/12

The Carolina Hurricanes may finally be ready to make a big splash in the NHL’s free agent market this summer.

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger via Twitter, the Hurricanes are expected to take a run at New Jersey Devils forward Zach Parise and/or Nashville Predators defenceman Ryan Suter if the opportunity presents itself this summer. From Dreger:

Carolina Hurricanes are ready to leap into contending status. Expect Canes to be strong bidders for Parise\Suter…if both are UFA’s.

This move would come after a very disappointing season for the Hurricanes, who currently find themselves 11th in the Eastern Conference with a 30-30-15 record.

The Parise saga in New Jersey has been an interesting one and it has gone on for quite some time now. Having surpassed the 30-goal plateau on four occasions throughout his career and being well on his way to that accomplishment again this season, Parise is a player who many teams would love to have on their roster.

The same can be said for Ryan Suter, who is one of three all-star-calibre players (Shea Weber and Pekka Rinne the others─the latter having already signed a new deal) the Predators would love to have re-signed in time for next season.

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