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Preds GM: Suter uncertainty complicates deadline strategy

Feb 7, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

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It’s hard to blame Ryan Suter for waiting. If Nashville ownership is truly committed to winning, then ownership should prove it and get aggressive at the trade deadline. Maybe then he’ll be more willing to sign a long-term contract extension.

On the other hand, it’s hard to blame general manager David Poile for wanting to lock Suter up before the deadline.

Poile explained his predicament today on Sportsnet’s Hockey Central.

“My aggressiveness to make changes between now and Feb. 27 could take on salary, could take on rental players, could give up future (draft picks and prospects), it all probably makes sense if (Ryan) Suter is signed,” Poile said. “If Ryan leaves here on July 1, maybe a lot of those things I was going to do wouldn’t make a lot of sense in the long run.”

Not to mention, if Suter leaves on July 1, it’ll be even harder for Poile to convince Shea Weber to stay long term.

It’s actually pretty incredible when you consider how much the Preds have riding on those two re-signing. It’d be one thing if the fans weren’t coming out to watch a winning team, but Bridgestone Arena might be the loudest rink in the NHL today.

“This is like the Colosseum in Rome coming into this place on Saturday night,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said after his team lost, 3-1, to the Predators on Saturday.

Meanwhile, here’s what Preds forward Brian McGrattan tweeted after the same game.


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

  1. broadstbully33 - Feb 7, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Suter and weber to philly for jvr Carle voracek and 2 1st rounders

  2. napoleonblownapart6887 - Feb 7, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Not a shot in hell

  3. pavelfitzgerald - Feb 7, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    How does that even replace a body on the blue line?
    I was more then skeptical about putting a hockey team in Nashville but good on them for being soo supportive.

  4. steelwarriors55 - Feb 7, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Shea Weber to Philly for Schenn,Carle,Voracek and a 2nd round pick

  5. theiceman26 - Feb 7, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    shea weber for jody shelley and a 1st

  6. bethgoesglobal - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    Preds would be Crazy to let Weber go. Suter- maybe- after all they have Ryan Ellis there to become the newest baby-Weber. He did a great job w/ Suter, why not think he’ll do the same w/him. On top of that they should be able to get Top price for Suter if they trade before deadline. If not, they run the risk of losing him in the summer to the highest bidder. Talk about a dagger in the heart!

    • bethgoesglobal - Feb 8, 2012 at 3:00 AM

      Oh- and I hate to remind you but David Poile was the GM for the Capitals for around 15yrs and certainly had some success there, BUT never got them the Cup! He’s big on defense and clearly still is, but is he still blind to the benefits of “big-league” point production? For all you in “Smashville” I hope not :)

      For more info check out:

  7. vshehane - Feb 8, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    We in Nashville clearly don’t want to lose Suter but we also resent him holding the team and fans hostage. There is a lot of commitment from this community for him and this team. We too want the cup and feel he should stick with us as we have done with him.

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