Agent: Canucks interested in free agent Parrish Staff

8/13/2008 7:27:21 PM

Although the numbers don't match, both on the ice or in the bank, Mark Parrish is on the minds of the Vancouver Canucks as "Plan B" if Mats Sundin decides against the Canucks' $20 million, two-year offer.

Parrish's agent spoke to Vancouver radio station CKNW on Wednesday confirming the Canucks' interest in his client and admitting a signing may not take place until Sundin makes a decision on his future.

"I think there are a few teams waiting on Mats to see what he ends up doing," agent John Vollan told the radio station. "There are a few teams (interested in Parrish). It's preliminary. (Mark) is finding out what his interest is as well."

The Canucks are one of three teams that have held talks with Vollan, the Islanders and Predators also inquired about the unrestricted free agent forward.

"Mark is interested in Vancouver,'' Vollan told CKNW. ''He's just sitting back and weighing his options. He's just looking for an opportunity and a spot to help a team.''

The Minnesota Wild bought out Parrish's contract this off-season, making him an unrestricted free agent.

The 31-year-old posted more than 20 goals in six seasons, and has produced at least 16 goals in all nine of his NHL seasons. But the Bloomington, Minn., native never seemed to fit in with the Wild's defensive system, totaling just 39 and 30 points, respectively, over the past two seasons.