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Predators will get their chance to attempt to retain Ryan Suter’s services

According to the Tennessean’s Joshua Cooper, Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter’s agent will at least entertain contract offers from Predators GM David Poile this week:

Predators General Manager David Poile has said in the past that he would like an indication from Ryan Suter on his unrestricted free agent intentions by early June. It appears he may get one soon. According to Suter’s agent, Neil Sheehy, some discussions are set to take place between Nashville and the All-Star defenseman in the coming days.

“David and I plan on talking sometime this week,” Sheehy said.

If the Predators and Suter don’t come to terms before July 1, he can sign with any team in the NHL without compensation for Nashville. Sheehy gave Suter two weeks after the season ended to cool down and try to come closer to a decision.

At the moment Suter’s intentions are unclear. On the open market he could command upwards of $7 million. Nashville has said it has the finances to offer Suter a fair market contract. On Nashville’s breakout day nearly three weeks ago, Suter said he wanted to do what was best for himself and his family. Suter, who hails from Madison, Wisconsin, and his wife have a young son.

Last season, Suter set a career-high with 46 points and averaged 26:30 — third best in the NHL. He is considered one of the two highest profile impending unrestricted free agents in the NHL, along with Zach Parise of New Jersey. Suter’s last contract was worth $14 million over four years.

A decision by Suter in early June would help the Predators move forward with their offseason plans. Suter is one of 15 unrestricted and restricted free agents on Nashville’s roster. Captain Shea Weber is a restricted free agent.

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Primis's avatar

I bet he stays in NAS.  They’ll sell him the big song-and-dance about “team progress” and he’ll buy it in the end hook, line, and sinker.

And in another year once he’s seen it is in fact more of the same old, same old…  he’ll then demand a trade and NAS will once again have a mess on their hands.

Posted by Primis on 05/28/12 at 04:43 PM ET


I think if it were “in the bag” like some Preds people think, then his name would be on a contract by now, and we’re not having this conversation.  They can’t afford to keep everyone.

Posted by @TheJimPl9 from Nashville on 05/28/12 at 05:17 PM ET

BrendonTO's avatar

Suter wants to test the market.  If he didn’t, I imagine he would have re-upped during the season.  If you were arguably the top available player for any given FA period, let alone one as thin as this one, dont you think you’d make sure you had a chance to see how insanely you could cash in on the open market?  Preds fans should probably stop dreaming now and take solace in the fact that Suter leaving will free up the dollars necessary to keep Weber.

Posted by BrendonTO on 05/28/12 at 06:45 PM ET

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