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from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,
Game 11 was Feb. 9 against his old Nashville Predators. Suter assisted on both goals, including Devin Setoguchi’s overtime winner, and ever since, not only has Suter taken off, so has the Wild. The Wild is 11-5-1 since, and leads the Northwest Division heading into Monday night’s clash with the Canucks.
In those 17 games, Suter has 19 points and is plus-4. He not only leads the Wild with 23 points in 27 games (Jared Spurgeon led Wild defensemen with 23 points in 70 games last season), Suter is second among all NHL defensemen in both points and assists (21)....
Suter leads the league in average ice time per game (27 minutes, 16 seconds). And by catapulting to legitimate Norris Trophy contender status he has shown exactly why Parise aligned himself with Suter during last summer’s free-agent frenzy.
“He’s been unbelievable,” said Parise, who leads the Wild with 11 goals. “He’s really gone to another level the way he’s controlling the game and controlling the play — and producing offensively, that’s just a bonus for us. I mean, he plays 30 minutes a night. It’s pretty impressive.”
Suter, who spent his entire career in Nashville, admits he was “just overwhelmed” the first couple of weeks.
“I was just trying to get through it, trying to block it out, it’s not fun being booed. It went the whole game, too. That kind of surprised me. They’ll probably have some sore throats [Sunday].”
-Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild after playing in Nashville last night. More on the game from Michael Russo of the StarTribune.
from David Boclair of the Nashville City Newspaper,
Minnesota comes to town Saturday for its only visit of this abbreviated season, its first with Suter as a member of its roster. The Predators need to welcome him back in the same warm, classy manner that they have others.
Some of the nicest moments of the last month and a half were the first-period video tributes to Steve Sullivan and Jordin Tootoo when they came back to town with Phoenix and Detroit, respectively. The fans’ response and the players’ reaction were heartfelt.
Anything less for Suter would be disingenuous, not to mention petty.
After all, the franchise has seized upon any opportunity to celebrate the fact that Weber has a contract that will keep him here for the remainder of his career. Conveniently overlooked is that the deal originated as an offer sheet he signed with another franchise.
The Hockey Night in Canada panel discuss the Minnesota Wild. Some words are kind, many are not.
from Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune,
Suter looks like a guy still learning a new system and how to play with new teammates. He's not paired with fellow stud defenseman Shea Weber in Nashville anymore. Now he's surrounded by younger, more unproven players on the blue line, and chemistry doesn't form overnight or in one week of training camp.
That unfamiliarity can breed uncertainty, which leads to trouble like what happened Sunday night. Suter stood in the defensive zone as St. Louis' Chris Stewart got behind him and parked in front of goalie Niklas Backstrom for a deflection that tied the score in the third period. In overtime, Vladimir Sobotka fought off Suter in front of the goal for the winner. Those are plays Suter should make.
Yeo countered that fans and media should focus as much attention on the good plays Suter makes as well. And he doesn't buy the notion that Suter might be feeling the weight of his contract and expectations.
"I don't think he's having difficulty with the pressure," Yeo said. "I think the pressure comes from himself. Probably the more you have to answer about it, the more that compounds. I'm just focused on where his game is getting to and every game I see what he brings to our group. I know one thing, I'm very happy he's on our team."
Nobody's arguing that, but people just want to see more.
from Michale Ruso of the Star Tribune,
Parise and Suter will slip on Iron Range-red jerseys for the first time and make their Wild debuts against Colorado on Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center, in a fitting end to Hockey Day Minnesota.
"It's been a long time of nothing since all that excitement, and now that we're finally here, it's kind of surreal," said Suter. "I just got goose bumps thinking about walking down that tunnel.
"This is where we can hopefully spend the rest of our careers and have a lot of success. It's the first of many games. Finally."
Thanks to the addition of Parise and Suter, there have been grandiose predictions.
from Katie Strang of ESPN NewYork,
"I spent the last four or five years as a captain for Columbus. My game and my character improved a lot from that," Nash said. "Coming into a team that already had success here, I think it's the perfect time for me to jump in and help out in any way I can."
Unfortunately for Nash, the excitement in beginning anew with the Blueshirts was stalled by a long, bitter lockout that lasted four months. Instead of making his grand Rangers debut in October, Nash shipped off to Switzerland as he awaited the labor standoff to end.
Not an easy task for a player eager to acclimate to his new surroundings.
"He's so anxious. He really wanted to play. I feel bad for him that way. Even moreso than everybody else," teammate Brad Richards told ESPNNewYork.com. "It's a big opportunity for him, and he knows it."
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
Two days ago at the "Champs for Charity" game in Chicago, Ryan Suter talked with Craig Custance from ESPN the Magazine and took some swipes at the owners, including Wild owner Craig Leipold....
In the story, Suter questioned whether Leipold negotiated the 13-year, $98 million contracts given to he and Zach Parise in good faith (in other words, knowing that the NHL would be asking for a rollback in the next collective bargaining agreement....
Tonight, prior to the Defending the Blue Line charity game here at Mariucci, I interviewed Suter. He said after thinking about the things he said, he wanted to make clear he doesn't think Leipold negotiated the contracts in bad faith and that he's just frustrated because he wants to be playing.
"It's disappointing. If you can't afford to (sign contracts) then you shouldn't do it. (Leipold) signed us to contracts. At the time he said everything was fine. Yeah, it's disappointing. A couple months before, everything is fine, and now they want to take money out of our contracts that we already signed."
-Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild on the CBA negotiations. More from Suter via Craig Custance of ESPN.
Streaming of the press conference is scheduled to begin at 1:00pm ET.
You can watch it below…
from Michael Russo of t Star Tribune,
Two simple signatures on July 4th reshaped an organization in search of an identity.
But it wasn’t simple to get those pens into the hands of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
Seventy-two hours might not seem like a long time, but when you are the Minnesota Wild and you have invested hard work and hope into landing two of the most targeted free agents in NHL history while competing against powerhouse teams such as Pittsburgh, Detroit, Philadelphia and Chicago for those players, 72 hours felt like 72 days.
There was anxiety. There were sleepless nights. There were times when they lost hope.
“The first two days were extremely stressful,” General Manager Chuck Fletcher said. “I remember thinking well into July 2, ‘We’re out, we’re done, we’re dead in the water, we’ve got to make a trade.’ I didn’t have any feeling that we were a favorite or on the map. I felt we weren’t there.
SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with free agent left wing Zach Parise and free agent defenseman Ryan Suter on 13-year contracts.
“This is a great day in the history of the Minnesota Wild,” said Fletcher. “We are extremely excited to add the collective skill, experience and character of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to an already promising roster. We view this as a rare opportunity for us to transform our franchise by adding two marquee players, who are both in the prime of their careers, at the same time. I am grateful to Zach and Ryan and I am also thankful for the substantial commitment and support of Craig Leipold throughout this process. This is a huge step forward in our quest to bring a Stanley Cup to the deserving fans of the State of Hockey.”
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
The Wild has landed its blue-chip defenseman and is working toward landing the big fish, blue-chip forward as well.
After an impressive maneuver Tuesday to get itself in front of free-agent Ryan Suter, the Wild has agreed to terms on a 13-year contract with defenseman Ryan Suter, sources say.
But the Wild’s not done in its attempt to shake a hockey-mad market into a frenzy.
According to sources, the Wild was working on agreeing to terms with Minneapolis-born Zach Parise on a 13-year deal.
If successful, and it appears as if it will be, Parise and Suter are forming a star-studded tandem that can come to Minnesota and perhaps help alter the fortunes of a franchise that has missed the playoffs four consecutive seasons.
added 12:19pm, via Michael Russo tweet,
#mnwild has agreed to terms on Zach Parise to 13-year deal; Now it’s official. Maybe they’ll announce Winter Classic today for trifecta. ha
First off, Happy Independence Day to all in the US and elsewhere who call the United States home.
Next, two well respected hockey people have some news for us.
Happy 4th of July. To all following Suter-Parise - Decision 2012, I expect the saga concludes today. Either 1 or 2 teams will be celebrating— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 4, 2012
Could be a great 4th of July party in Madison Wisconsin. Neil Sheehy tells me the decision will “likely” be announced Wednesday afternnon.— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) July 4, 2012
added 8:46am, via ESPN,
Prized free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are expected to decide their futures Wednesday, sources told ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun.
Zach Parise tells @joshrimerhockey that he’s talked to Lou Lamoriello two, three, sometimes four times a day throughout process— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) July 4, 2012
Parise tells @joshrimerhockey “I’d love to play on a team w Ryan Suter. To get an opp. to play with him would be great.”— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) July 4, 2012
Parise tells @joshrimerhockey Suter and he have been talking, and I know for a fact they plan to speak tonight— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) July 4, 2012
Not only did the Detroit Red Wings visit with UFA defenseman Ryan Suter today, so did the Minnesota Wild.
The Malik Report has been on this story for about the last 4 hours and has all the details.
For his sake, I hope the travel is complete.
Neil Sheehy on Ryan Suter: There will be no decision tonight and there is no timetable for his contract signing at this time (cond) #mnwild— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) July 2, 2012
(cond Sheehy): “Ryan is considering his opportunities and is taking the necessary time to give each proper consideration.” #mnwild— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) July 2, 2012
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The offers were numerous for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter on Sunday, so it should surprise no one that they needed at least a day to collect their thoughts.
Parise got offers from the likes of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Minnesota, Los Angeles, Carolina and Dallas among other teams, while keeping the dialogue open with New Jersey.
By the end of the day, the Stars and Hurricanes said they were out of the Parise mix, the Kings felt they were long shots, while the Red Wings weren’t very confident. It certainly felt like it was down to the Penguins, Devils, Wild and Flyers.
Playing with Sidney Crosby is a big-time allure, but Minnesota also appeals a lot to the Minneapolis native, in my understanding. And you can’t count out New Jersey. The Devils captain told reporters outside Newport Sports’ offices in the Toronto area that he would make a decision Monday.
Suter received offers from the Red Wings, Wild, Flyers, Penguins and Blackhawks among other teams, while Nashville GM David Poile said he was also preparing an offer to try and retain him.
Hard to bet against Detroit here, but I’d keep an eye on Minnesota and Nashville as well.
continued with more unsigned players mentioned…
via Michael Russo tweets,
Just talked to Parise. His agents are still talking to #njdevils, so no guarantee yet he becomes a free agent Sunday (cond)
If Parise becomes free agent, he said it’s possible teams would meet w him at his agents’ offices starting Sun. (ala Richards)
Re: Suter, talked to Neil Sheehy 2 days ago. He’ll be in Intl. Falls; Suter at farm in Wisconsin. Mtgs won’t happen Sunday
Back to Parise, after talking to couple teams, nobody’s been given ground rules on where/when to meet. That could happen later today
In late May, Dave Stubbs of Hockey Inside/Out posted a Q & A with Hal Gill. One of the questions…
Are you expecting to talk contract with the Predators before the July 1 UFA period kicks in?
I think we’ll talk more coming up, I’d like to hear what (Poile) has to say. Right now they’re thinking about (UFA defenceman Ryan) Suter. If they don’t get Suter, it’s going to be a different ball game. If they lock him up, I think everything falls into place. I think that’s kinda what they’re looking at.
You would think the Predators would wait to sign Gill if they thought they still had a chance to sign Suter. But today’s signing of Gill may be the handwriting on the wall.
from Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly,
A source told CSNPhilly.com early Saturday morning that Penguins general manager Ray Shero is working hard to get Suter’s rights from Nashville.
Even though Suter has expressed specific interest in staying in the Western Conference – and going to either Detroit or Minnesota in free agency – Shero feels he has strong ties to Suter as having served as an assistant GM between 1998-2006 when the Predators first came into the NHL.
“Ray feels he can talk Suter into coming to Pittsburgh,” the source said.
Shero is the guy who drafted Suter in 2003….
As for the Flyers, a Western Conference source confirmed that the Flyers and Red Wings both have significant interest in Keith Yandle.
“Phoenix isn’t actively shopping him but they said they would listen to offers and they need an impact center in return,” the source said.
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
I got a few tweets last night asking if the Wild may trade for Ryan Suter’s rights now that it’s out there that he’s supplied a list of teams to the Nashville Predators that he’s willing to have his rights traded to.
I never saw those reports, so I gave Suter’s agent, Neil Sheehy, a call and he denied them, saying it’s “100 percent untrue” that Suter 1) has a list of teams he would and would not go to and 2) that he’s given any list to Preds GM David Poile.
That doesn’t mean a deal with Nashville will get done prior to July 1, but Sheehy at least denies there’s any list(s).
I’ve gotten a ton of questions as to what I think will happen with Suter.
My opinion is essentially the same as what I wrote I believed will happen with Zach Parise: I think both will become free agents.
That’s not to say that after July 1 Parise wouldn’t go back to New Jersey and Suter wouldn’t go back to Nashville, but players like Parise and Suter have this opportunity to become free agents in their prime only once in their careers.
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.
Both Lidstrom and Suter play left defense. Both have the same understated style. They both do everything well but nothing great.
-Josh Cooper of the Tennessean. More on the possibilities of Suter leaving Nashville.
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
Plenty of Ryan Suter talk last week on Hotstove, but here’s the gist: Bonus money will probably be a huge factor, because it will not be affected by a potential labour stoppage or salary rollback. In the first two years of Brad Richards’ contract, 75 per cent of the $24 million US owed him is in bonuses. It’s $13 million (of $18 million) for Christian Ehrhoff. The bonuses may be as important as the average annual value. Can that type of structure work for the Predators?
There’s a lot of flexibility in making a long-term deal for Suter, because he is 27. Under the current CBA, the league’s annoyance level usually rises when it takes the player past 40.
It’s not exactly a secret that Detroit and Minnesota are among Suter’s biggest suitors. Wonder if Chicago is one of the stealth players here, with an idea of who it might trade should it actually land this big fish.
I’m a big Suter fan. Here are two questions, though, that might be asked by an interested team: First, anywhere he goes, he’ll become a focal point. That’s what happens when you’re the free-agent target getting the big deal. If he stays in Nashville, there’s a comfort zone in place. If he goes elsewhere, will he have any difficulty with the added attention and expectation? Second, he’s stayed between 37 and 46 points during the past four seasons. Does splitting with Shea Weber affect that?
more points plus some Patrick Kane talk…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Suter is represented by Neil Sheehy, who played professionally with his uncle Gary in Calgary; and generally does a good job of gauging his clients wishes. Not every agent gets that.
Some will sell their clients to the highest bidder and then convince the client that it is the right step in their careers. You wonder if Ilya Bryzgalov might have second thoughts after pursuing top dollar in Philadelphia rather than trying to make it work in Phoenix. Ville Leino didn’t find the grass any greener in Buffalo, nor did Christian Ehrhoff.
Sometimes, the best landing place for a player is the place where you were all along, especially if it’s been a good fit for the player and the team. As much as people want to drum up some intrigue because it is more fun to speculate about where he might go rather than where he might stay, logic and history tells you that all this Suter talk is just that - talk - and that when the dust settles and the Preds make him an offer, it’ll be enough to get a deal done.
more plus some Kings and Coyotes talk…
from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,
Word circulating through the general manager’s ranks is that Suter will be kept off the market.
“The consensus among us is that Nashville will be hanging onto him, even if they know the odds are not in their favor of re-signing him,” one Eastern Conference GM told the Daily News on condition of anonymity. “If he does decide to trade him, [David] Poile has the market cornered. There are very few defensemen of Suter’s caliber in the league and Nashville has two of them.
“You have to wonder whether the Predators can continue to trade away their top players for prospects because they can’t afford to pay them.”
Poile’s problem is that the small-market Predators - who won a playoff series for the first time in franchise history last season - can’t convince their growing fanbase that they’re gunning for a Stanley Cup if Suter is traded before the deadline. Nashville begins the second half just 4 points out of first place in the West.
I can only see him moved if the Preds received an offer they could not refuse.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
• Why should anybody be surprised that Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow might be on the market? There are lots of miles on that chassis from all the punishment he’s taken and dished out, and he just turned 33. He’s still an effective player, but this is the classic case of the Stars checking the level of teams’ interest before Morrow hits the free-agent marketplace on July 1, 2013. He would be the perfect pickup for the San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks or Detroit Red Wings, although you would think they would rather move him to an Eastern Conference team. Do you think Brad Richards in New York would be talking him up to Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather? You think the Washington Capitals, in serious need of more leadership, would grab him? In a heartbeat. He’s well-priced at a $4.1-million cap hit for one more year….
• When Ryan Suter says he won’t sign a new deal before the Feb. 27 deadline, it puts the Nashville Predators in an awful spot. They need Suter to make the playoffs, but they lost Dan Hamhuis, also an unrestricted free agent, for virtually nothing in 2010. GM David Poile vowed he wasn’t going to get burned again and wants something tangible for the NHL’s most underrated defenceman. Suter says he’s still a Predator and doesn’t want his contract status to be a distraction, but once he gets to July 1 as a free agent, all bets are off. Watch the teams line up, just as they did for that auction for Dallas centre Brad Richards last summer. Suter wants the Predators to get help offensively if he’s to stay, but Nashville can’t deal, for instance, puck-moving D-man rookie Ryan Ellis to get that forward, not if Suter walks, too. The best Poile could do is get a stocking stuffer for Suter’s rights before the July 1 deadline.
much more and in the column, Mr. Matheson notes Evgeni Malkin leads the league with 7 GWG, but Johan Franzen has 9 so far this season…
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…
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter said Wednesday during a visit to the NHL offices that he will not play Thursday night in Columbus.
Suter, who spoke to NHL.com in the morning, left Monday’s game against the Islanders after the first period and did not play Tuesday against the Rangers. He wouldn’t elaborate on the nature of his injury other than to say it’s to his upper body and he is day-to-day.
“It’s not my head, though, so that’s a good thing,” Suter said.
“Our first and foremost goal is to sign Ryan. We’ve been trying to do that all season long. I’ve not accomplished that to this point, but we’re hoping to continue discussions and get that done at some point. We’ll be prepared, if we feel that we weren’t going to be able to sign Ryan, and if we thought we were in a position that we had to or should trade him. I’m certainly hoping that doesn’t happen, I don’t want that to happen, but I want to be prepared for that.”
-David Poile, GM of the Nashville Predators via Josh Cooper of Predators Insider.
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
With one of their three key free agents signed to a long-term deal, the Nashville Predators will try to topple another domino when the agent for Ryan Suter and Predators GM David Poile conduct face-to-face negotiations Wednesday.
Neil Sheehy, who represents pending unrestricted free agent Suter, arrived in Nashville Tuesday afternoon and will meet with Suter Wednesday before sitting down for substantive negotiations with Poile, either later Wednesday or Thursday.
And while there is no reason to expect an agreement is imminent, it would be unwise to rule out the possibility of Suter being signed to a long-term deal by the end of the week.
“I can’t tell you I’m expecting there will be a deal tomorrow or the next day,” Sheehy said, “but anything is possible. I don’t foresee it, but if something drops into your lap that’s too good to be true, you want to do the deal.”
Ryan Suter kicks the puck into his own net, off the crossbar and in.
Preds end up beating the Ducks 5-4.
Shane Doan of the Coyotes with the hit on Ryan Suter of the Predator with less than a half minute in the 2nd period.
Suter received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the play, did not serve the penalty and did not return to the game. Nashville is calling it an upper-body injury.
from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,
Since Suter does everything well, he seems somewhat unspectacular on the ice to the common fan. The phrase “under-the-radar” and the name “Ryan Suter” go hand in hand. But a breakthrough Olympics in 2010 and a stellar 2010-11 season have given people cause to take notice and see Suter as one of the top defensemen in the NHL.
“He doesn’t have any super powers, but he does everything at an eight or a nine level,” USA TODAY hockey writer Kevin Allen said. “He is to Nashville what Nicklas Lidstrom is to Detroit. I don’t think there’s any question.”
Before turning aside the association with the six-time Norris Trophy winner (as the NHL’s top defenseman), four national analysts were interviewed for this story. Each, without solicitation, brought up Lidstrom in comparing Suter to him.
“Not that he is Nicklas Lidstrom, but the kind of things you’ve seen from Nicklas Lidstrom for 20 years, those are the kinds of things Ryan Suter brings to the game every night,” ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside said.
A hard check was delivered to Suter by the Flames Cory Sarich. It was a shoulder to shoulder type of hit, but you can see it was almost a knee on knee hit too.
added 11:11pm, via Joshua Cooper tweet,
Trotz on Suter’s lower-body injury: “No, not too serious, he may miss a little bit of time here, but nothing major.”
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
The Predators and defenseman Ryan Suter have agreed to terms on a four-year, $14 million contract, which will be announced later this afternoon.