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by Paul on 06/01/12 at 02:41 PM ET
via Josh Cooper of the Tennessean,
Predators General Manager David Poile traveled to Ryan Suter’s offseason home in Madison, Wisconsin to meet with the star defenseman Thursday, Poile told The Tennessean.
Suter will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 if he and the Predators can’t come to terms before that date. Poile said there was no contractual agreement between the Suter camp and the Predators, but that he and Suter’s agent Neil Sheehy determined that the two would continue to talk on a “regular basis.”
“The meetings were very, very good. They were very positive and very constructive,” Poile said.
added 2:05pm, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
“We talked about many issues,” Sheehy told ESPN.com Friday. “Both sides were candid with each other. What we agreed to do is to continue our dialogue. Ryan, it’s no secret, loves Nashville. Ryan is just considering a lot of things. But David gave us more things to think about.”
Two years ago, Poile traded away the rights to UFA-to-be blueliner Dan Hamhuis at the draft when it became clear he wasn’t going to re-sign. Many expected Poile might do the same with Suter’s rights at this year’s draft if he remains unsigned, but the veteran GM indicated otherwise Friday.
“Based on the conversations, I do not feel that’s going to happen, no,” Poile said.
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