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Ryan Suter on future with Predators: “I haven’t really thought about it”

May 8, 2012, 1:53 AM EDT

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For the rest of the night and maybe a few more days, the Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn suspensions will likely get a lot of discussion regarding the Nashville Predators’ semifinals defeat. The longer-term question from that letdown against the Phoenix Coyotes is thornier and has much bigger implications for the franchise: did the team do enough to keep Shea Weber and especially Ryan Suter in the fold?

No word from team captain Weber just yet, but Suter’s response to Jim Diamond is noncommittal (but to some, maybe a little disturbing).

“Right now I am kind of disappointed about how tonight went and I haven’t really thought about it,” Suter said.

Diamond points out that Suter repeated the question about his future before answering it, which Diamond says is “usually not a good sign.” As a fan of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” I would have to agree; some might view that practice as giving yourself time to either a) lie or b) sugarcoat the truth.

(Another good way to buy yourself time after a tough question is saying “that’s a great question.”)

More than just the big guns

Now, Suter and Weber aren’t the only pending free agents for GM David Poile to consider, just the biggest ones. Suter’s the biggest question because he’s an unrestricted free agent while Weber is restricted.

They still have other questions to answer. Andrei Kostitsyn and Alex Radulov seem increasingly unlikely to be back after the suspension debacle, but time can heal those wounds. (Andrei’s brother Sergei Kostitsyn is an RFA, like Radulov.) The Predators gave up a first-round pick for Paul Gaustad, so his contract situation should be interesting as well. Beyond that the team has plenty of other questions to answer (see the full scenario here), including a new deal for Colin Wilson (RFA).

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What’s your early read, though? Is Suter as good as gone? Tell all.

  1. greatminnesotasportsmind - May 8, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Hello Minnesota, the only reason they traded Nick Schultz for Tom Gilbert was the connection with you and Parise

    • lostpuppysyndrome - May 8, 2012 at 9:37 AM

      Gosh, can you imagine Suter, Parise, Granlund, Coyle and an outside chance of either Brodin or Phillips joining the Wild next year? Gives me the shivers just thinking about it. Stanley Cup in 2014.

  2. jimw81 - May 8, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Say Hi to Chris Pronger’s replacement in Philly

    • biasedhomer - May 8, 2012 at 10:29 AM

      Suter won’t be a Pronger replacement, he’d be more of a Kimmo Timonen replacement. There are only a few players that can replace Pronger, Suter is not one of them.

  3. finfan88shark - May 8, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    Would love to have Suter on the Sharks, but our GM is too stupid and ownership too cheap to get it done.

    • fruitsareedible - May 8, 2012 at 11:16 AM

      A team that’s been pretty much butt up against the salary cap since it was implemented and where they’ve had to fly players cross country constantly for a day or two to the AHL so they can save a few thousand bucks in space here and there is considered cheap?

      And Wilson’s fine with off season moves for the most part (save for contracts given to 3rd pairing d-men). It’s the trade deadline that he seems to really struggle with making consistently solid moves (has there been one good trade deadline move in the last 5 years?)

  4. natlbnkilr - May 8, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    Suter will re -sign with the Preds. That being said, not sure I want him back. He was as much to be blame for series loss to the Coyotes as anyone else. The fact he took the wait and see approach to his contract situation put unneeded pressure on the organization. It tells me it’s more about the $ and less about the team. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a great player… just wish the Preds were more worried about winning than impressing Suter.

  5. capsfan19 - May 8, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    You wouldnt want suter??? You’re nuts…. Number 20 on the flyers is an extremely yet hilarious thought! Then again…. Who wouldve guessed bryz from phoenix?

  6. michiganhockey11 - May 8, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Trotz to Lidstrom-“Please don’t retire”

    Wonder why he said that. Out of great respect for a HOF defenseman, or because he knows if Lidstrom retires (or not-Stuart is probably gone), the Wings will make an offer to Suter.

    • drunkbro - May 8, 2012 at 9:57 AM

      you could have a point.. or that everyone has so much respect for lidstrom around the league. nobody hates him. but that could be plausible

      • michiganhockey11 - May 8, 2012 at 2:49 PM

        I’d like to think a little of column A and a little from column B.

  7. hockinj25 - May 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Ok we get it people. Everybody wants him on their team. He can only go to one team. Fortunately that team will be Detroit.

    • kitshky - May 8, 2012 at 3:38 PM

      As long as Weber comes home to BC I’m good with that …

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