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Next week, ‘Suter Watch’ begins

Nashville Predators fans, I’d like to welcome you to a locale akin to hockey purgatory, a locale I do not recommend visiting on a regular basis: the, “Player X Watch” area, where you get to sit on your hands and nervously wait for one of the pillars of your franchise to decide whether he wishes to continue playing for your team or take his talents elsewhere.

In Detroit, this place usually heats up in June, when Wings fans like me start telling their bosses to call three times and text twice if any news regarding our captain, Nicklas Lidstrom, comes down the pipeline, though we are lucky enough that one of the best defensemen in NHL history’s version of “elsewhere” is Vasteras, Sweden. For you, a defenseman who isn’t quite in Nicklas Lidstrom’s stratosphere yet in one Ryan Suter will be deciding whether he wishes to return to “Smashville” or test the waters of free agency, where 29 other teams, including my Wings, would love to pay Suter an inordinate amount of money to spend the rest of his career in their respective cities.

According to the Tennessean’s Joshua Cooper, the last full week of May represents the beginning of your opportunity to sit, wait and worry about a superstar’s future plans:

It sounds like next week will be decision week for Ryan Suter. On breakout day last week, the defenseman, who will be an unrestricted free agent July 1, if he and the Predators can’t come to terms on a contract by then, said he will take two weeks before deciding his strategy. That’s still the case according to his agent, Neil Sheehy.

“Right now I want to honor Ryan’s request to unwind for two weeks,” Sheehy said. “I want to take two weeks to unwind and it hasn’t been two weeks.”

This means that we might get some movement on the Suter front Monday or Tuesday at the earliest or end of the week at the latest.

Predators General Manager David Poile said that he will try to meet with Suter at some point after the two week period.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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