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Ryan Suter’s future in Nashville is getting murky

Jan 9, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

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Josh Cooper of The Tennessean spoke with Predators GM David Poile today about the state of contract negotiations with free-agent-to-be Ryan Suter.

Poile has been actively trying to re-sign the 26-year-old blueliner all season — he and Suter’s agent, Neil Sheehy, began talks back in September — but it doesn’t sound like much progress has been made.

“Our first and foremost goal is to sign Ryan,” Poile said. “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. “

Hmm.

One thing not working in Poile’s favor is the calendar. The NHL trade deadline is less than two months away and the longer Suter goes unsigned, the more likely a trade becomes. Nashville can’t run the risk of going past the deadline without a new deal in place for Suter, mostly out of fear of another Dan Hamhuis-type situation (unable to reach a deal in 2009-10, Nashville let Hamhuis play out the season before trading his negotiating rights for Ryan Parent.)

It’s something Poile alluded to in speaking with Cooper.

“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,” Poile said. “I’m certainly hoping that doesn’t happen, I don’t want that to happen, but I want to be prepared for that.”

Expect a long lineup of suitors if Suter becomes available for trade. As Brough wrote last week, teams like Detroit, Chicago and Boston all have cap space available to make a big splash, as do some “sleeper” teams like St. Louis, Dallas, Winnipeg, Minnesota, Florida and Phoenix.

  1. vshehane - Jan 9, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    There is no comparison between Hamhuis and Suter. We want Suter in Nashville. We were glad to see Hamhuis gone.

  2. streetskater1989 - Jan 9, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Maybe the flyers can make a deal for him.

    • danphipps01 - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:00 PM

      Methinks Weber would fill the “giant, angry, hitty man with a shot whose use is labelled a war crime” void they’ve had since Pronger went down, but they’d have to trade King Midas’ ransom for HIS rights. Suter won’t go cheap, but cheapER? Probably.

  3. bcjim - Jan 10, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Caps 1st/2nd/Jeff Shultz/prospect for signed Suter.

    or

    Caps Semin (signed)/2nd/Shultz/prospect for signed Suter.

    I’d prefer the first, but either will do.

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