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The Preds couldn’t trade Suter now, could they?

Jan 26, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

Ryan Suter

The Nashville Predators are the hottest team in the NHL. They’re 9-1-0 in their last 10 and have climbed all the way up to fifth in the Western Conference, nine points clear of eighth-place Minnesota. For the Preds to miss the playoffs, it would take a spectacular crash.

So knowing that, can you think of anything that could convince GM David Poile to trade defenseman Ryan Suter before the Feb. 27 trade deadline? Because if the playoffs are 95 percent assured for Nashville, I’m struggling to.

Yes, Suter’s still a pending unrestricted free agent, so there’s the risk he walks away next year for nothing. But save for some ridiculous trade offer combined with the absolute knowledge Suter won’t be back next season, why would Poile sabotage what could be a deep playoff run for what he’d get in return for a rental? Not to mention, the fans would be furious and as soon as Suter is gone the Preds’ odds of keeping Shea Weber grow considerably longer.

The only way a trade might – repeat: might – make sense is if Suter tells Poile he definitely won’t be back next year. So then Poile asks him, where do you want to go? Suter says, Detroit (just for argument’s sake). So Poile calls up the Red Wings and pitches a sign and trade to Ken Holland. After all, a Suter that’s signed long term is worth a lot more than a rental Suter.

True, the Red Wings would have to give up significant assets in return, but at least they’d be guaranteed to land Suter, removing the risk they get outbid in the free-agent market and end up with a massive hole on the back end should Nicklas Lidstrom decide to retire.

But yeah, that’s a long shot. Suter probably won’t be getting traded prior to the deadline. Unfortunate for the blogging business, but good for Preds fans.

  1. cowboys282 - Jan 26, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Why not trade him to the Eastern Conference to a team like Philly who could give up one of their young forwards. That would allow Nashville to get a cheap alternative that can still help them win now and fills Philly’s void for a top blue liner.

  2. vshehane - Jan 26, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    I would love to have Giroux:) that is a trade I could live with. Go Preds!

  3. cakrywyj - Jan 26, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    If you think Philly is giving up Giroux … You’re out of your mind.. You’d probably get your pick of Van Riemsdyke or Schenn….. But Giroux won’t be close to an option..

    • vshehane - Jan 26, 2012 at 7:45 PM

      Oh I know but if we are dreaming, dream big.

  4. cakrywyj - Jan 26, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Haha true.. Can’t blame you there

  5. cakrywyj - Jan 26, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    I know the Flyers need a d-man to contend for a cup this year.. But I’m almost willing to go into the playoffs with what we have and figure it all out in free agency in the offseason. I’m not ready to give up on JVR and Schenn is just getting started and looks better each game. If we have to part with one, though, it’d have to
    be JVR …

  6. ravenscaps48 - Jan 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Suter to Washington for Colorado’s 1st Round Pick and Jeff Schultz

  7. steelwarriors55 - Jan 26, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    You want Giroux ? alright then you need to take Bryzgalov and give us Rinne with Suter

  8. cakrywyj - Jan 27, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Thank god that guy isn’t our GM. holy lord

  9. IainRWB - Jan 27, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    It’s baffling to me that Nashville haven’t got Suter and Weber tied down yet. After Rinne got done these guys should have been swimming in cash within days.

  10. eddubbs - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    Nashville is over its head and that is the truth. Suter wants to play for a great hockey team, tradition and town like Philadelphia and its Flyers. The Preds will get decent talent and draft picks for Suter and then they can sign Webber. SUTER IS GONE!!!! He is not going to sign here and that is ok.
    They will not get any stars in this trade. they will get a good draft pick(s) and a decent player in return.

  11. cshearing - Jan 27, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    Couturier and Schenn might get Suter, but that’s a steep price of youth for Philly to pay.

    • vismund11 - Jan 27, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      One or the other. Id really hope it was just JVR. As a flyers fan he’s been a real let down and Coutruier and Schenn are so much more promising. But to get someone as solido n the blue line as Suter, over a rookie we have to play now, that’d be ideal.

  12. cakrywyj - Jan 27, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Couturier AND Schenn for a guy who may just walk? Doubt it.. More likely one of either Schenn or JVR and a pick or two…but in some crazy world if that’s what Nash would ask for? I’d be fine with Holmgren saying no thanks

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