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Ryan Suter is apparently not going to be traded

Jan 30, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

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Ryan Suter might be the hottest commodity around the NHL world thanks to him becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer. Suter saying he wasn’t going to negotiate a new deal before the trade deadline only stoked the fires that trade rumors are created from.

With teams oozing cap room and in need of a cornerstone defenseman, Suter being dealt at the deadline could create a feeding frenzy for the Predators.

Courtesy of Frank Seravalli of the Philly Daily News, he hears from an inside source that the Predators won’t be putting Suter on the market any time soon.

“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.”

It could be a great place for the Predators to be in to have command of the trade market and have teams like the Red Wings and Flyers at their beck and call. Giving up a top defenseman to do that, however, makes it a really awkward position to be in.

As for now, the Predators will hope they can get Suter signed before July 1 lest they lose him for nothing to those same teams.

  1. bigtganks - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Hopefully either he or Suter take their talents to Sunset Beach (Vancouver).

  2. illcomm - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Remember the flyers telling carter he wouldn’t be traded two days before he was. flyers r up against the cap, so expect t this trade to go down on the eve of the deadline.

  3. matthewmacisaac - Jan 31, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Just put him in orange and black. He is one if those guys that really would be an “instant fan favorite” and I’m sure the goalies would love seeing him out there rather than Carle.

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