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Suter Headed West And Only West

Boom. I can dig this one. 

Tim Panaccio

In fact, the source said, all of Suter’s preferred destinations, should he leave the Predators, are in the Western Conference – not the East.

Detroit is generally conceded to be his top choice.

Porn. That’s what that is.

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bezukov's avatar

Calling Josh Cooper?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 06/14/12 at 02:24 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Panaccio. One never knows with him.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/14/12 at 02:32 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

What if we get moved to the east next season?  tongue laugh

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 06/14/12 at 02:38 PM ET

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Jeebus, Chief, tag your posts.

NSFW, bitches.

Posted by Herm from the office on 06/14/12 at 02:45 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

I can fap to that.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 06/14/12 at 02:50 PM ET

SYF's avatar

My screen got all sticky.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/14/12 at 03:28 PM ET

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Oh, yeah, baby…

Posted by Zqto from Brazil on 06/14/12 at 03:35 PM ET

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At this point I’m not sure why free agents would be desiring Detroit as a destination.  Kronwall is now there top defensemen and they are going downhill.  Just doesn’t make sense to me.

Posted by tbassett on 06/14/12 at 04:04 PM ET

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And they’ve been going downhill/unable to continue on for about 20 years now. Suter will be wearing Detroit Red soon.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 06/14/12 at 04:21 PM ET

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At this point I’m not sure why free agents would be desiring Detroit as a destination.  Kronwall is now there top defensemen and they are going downhill.  Just doesn’t make sense to me.

Thanks for the input.

If you’d like it to make sense, I suggest you start 20 years ago and work your way forward.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/14/12 at 04:23 PM ET

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Posted by tbassett on 06/14/12 at 03:04 PM ET

I agree that the Wings are less desirable a destination than they were in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. But the thing is it isn’t just about being able to play with Yzerman and Shanahan and Lidstrom, or then Datsyuk and Zetterberg and Lidstrom… it’s about the way the Ilitch family and Holland and Company go about treating all their people.

The Wings aren’t able to keep players around long-term just because they want to win. It goes both ways. The Wings are able to win because they can keep a talented core together for a long time. And they are able to do that, even in the cap world, because by all accounts, the way the Ilitch family and Ken Holland’s front office treat players when they come to Detroit is top notch.

That hasn’t changed, so the Wings are still a destination. There have been numerous interviews over the years where players like Lidstrom, Homer, and even Hossa in his mercenary year beamed about how the Wings’ top brass went out of their way not just to pay them, but to help them find the right community to live in, help them find the right schools for their kids, things like that. It makes a difference,  at least that’s what the results show.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 06/14/12 at 05:04 PM ET

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With it becoming more and more possible that Parise will NOT end up a Wings, this could be huge.

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 06/14/12 at 05:09 PM ET

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Yes this would be good.. I really don’t see Parise coming. When was the last time a game 6, SC contending captain didn’t go back to his team? Suter and add Garrison. Ok probably not but what the hey..

Posted by wbclimb from AZ on 06/14/12 at 05:33 PM ET

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Suter would look great in the Winged Wheel.

Would love to see Parise, but I bet it will be Semin.  I wonder if they’ll go hard after that Schultz kid?

Posted by socalwingnut on 06/14/12 at 05:39 PM ET

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I would not be sad seeing “only” Suter and Semin as aditions next year… Maybe with another low “top six” forward in the mix, to make me very happy (Huddler caliber forward)

Posted by Zqto from Brazil on 06/14/12 at 05:48 PM ET

monkey's avatar

“I love it in Nashville”

“I love it in New Jersey”

“I never had sexual relations with that woman”

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 06/14/12 at 06:39 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

“I love it in Nashville”

“I love it in New Jersey”

“I never had sexual relations with that woman”

Posted by monkey from lighting my nuts on fire on 06/14/12 at 05:39 PM ET

That’s what that is.

“It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!! In ’13

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 06/14/12 at 07:09 PM ET

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Porn. That’s what that is.

Careful Chief, you’ll go blind. cheese

Posted by calquake on 06/14/12 at 07:30 PM ET

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When was the last time a game 6, SC contending captain didn’t go back to his team?

I don’t know, when was the last time there was a game 6, SC contending captain who was in his prime, coming up on his first unrestricted free agency playing for a team that might literally not be able to afford to pay him?

Going back to 2004 there hasn’t been a Finals-losing captain on an expiring contract, from what I can find, so the question isn’t really applicable.

Posted by Garth on 06/14/12 at 09:05 PM ET

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hen was the last time a game 6, SC contending captain didn’t go back to his team?

2006.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 06/14/12 at 11:14 PM ET

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06 Cris Pronger left the oilers. I forgot about him..now I have to forget about him all over again…damn.

Posted by wbclimb from AZ on 06/15/12 at 01:00 AM ET

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The one problem here is that I don’t know that Suter is going to get 100% control of where he ends up.  If his rights get traded, I don’t know that he’d be willing to forsake them to go where his first choice is, wherever that may be.

I also don’t get why his preferred destinations would “be all in the West”.  That could mean a lot of things.  Like say, Nashville and only Nashville.

I hate this.  Just get on with things already…

Posted by Primis on 06/15/12 at 01:16 AM ET

monkey's avatar

Chris Pronger was never the captain of the Oilers.  I was referring to Steve Yzerman- you didn’t specify which game six you were referring to.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 06/15/12 at 07:42 AM ET

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I would be surprised if both Suter and Parise don’t explore free agency, listen to offers, etc.  Even if their rights get traded, I don’t think either one will commit anywhere prior to July 1.  We’ll see.  Friggin’ waiting games, man.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 06/15/12 at 07:44 AM ET

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Why is every off season about Tim Thomas?  What a whore.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 06/15/12 at 08:33 AM ET

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At this point I’m not sure why free agents would be desiring Detroit as a destination.  Kronwall is now there top defensemen and they are going downhill.  Just doesn’t make sense to me.

that’s exactly WHY they’re an attractive destination for one of the league’s top defensemen.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 06/15/12 at 10:02 AM ET

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  Just doesn’t make sense to me.
Posted by tbassett on 06/14/12 at 03:04 PM ET

The fact it doesn’t make sense to you says a lot about you and your level of knowledge of the NHL.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 06/15/12 at 10:56 AM ET

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It does not make sense to say that Detroit is the one and only preferred destination for free agents.

However, it would definitely be among a group that would be. The team has stable ownership, which counts for a lot - no bankruptcy, no rumors about moving, no arguing among an ownership group - and they are committed to winning and spending enough to do so, which some other teams are unwilling or unable to do.

It is still a team that is in the playoff talk season after season, so does not depend on catching lightning in a bottle and catching every single break available to hope to do something positive.

The team seems to treat the players well and in general be straight with them. If a player is injured there aren’t stories about how someone isn’t “toughing it out” and then they are back on the ice, get hurt again, and lose four months to a concussion.

They may not be head and shoulders above EVERYONE else in the NHL, but they aren’t exactly a bunch of crap with a few good players who haven’t been traded away yet. A free agent could do much worse than sign with the Red Wings.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 06/16/12 at 05:05 PM ET

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