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by Paul on 01/27/12 at 07:46 PM ET
from of Tim Panaccio CSNPhilly,
Ryan Suter’s situation of potentially being dealt at the NHL trade deadline next month took an interesting turn on Friday when the Nashville Predators defenseman said he does not want to re-sign before the deadline.
He is unrestricted while fellow coveted teammate Shea Weber is restricted. One of them could be dealt.
The Flyers are among a handful of clubs interested in getting into the mix if that happens.
“I feel it would be more of a distraction than anything,” Suter said of signing in February. “We’ve never had a timeline or deadline. We’re just focusing on winning. Everything else will take care of itself.
“I don’t see it being a benefit by hurrying up and trying to get something done. I’m a Nashville Predator until July. I will focus on making my team better.”
added 7:33pm, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Poile has told Suter and Weber that the old days of Nashville playing on small payrolls are over.
“That’s the conversation we’ve been having,” Poile told ESPN.com via phone Friday, a few hours before Suter broke his news. “Those days are past. We have new ownership in place. They’ve made a commitment to me and the players and both Ryan and Shea know that, because of the dollars they’re going to be getting and what we need to do to win that Cup, we’ll be spending what is necessary to contend.”
Right now, the Preds are a bottom-five payroll. But if Suter and Weber sign on the dotted line over the next few months, that will obviously change.
“I know we’re one of the lowest payrolls this year, but going forward that will no longer be the case,” stressed Poile.
more and Shea Weber chimes in too…
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