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Ryan Suter: “Wherever I sign, I want to be there for the rest of my career”

May 9, 2012, 8:22 PM EDT

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Upon losing in the second round for a second consecutive season, Ryan Suter was very much noncommittal about his future with the Nashville Predators. The talented (but slightly overshadowed by Shea Weber) defenseman reportedly met with Predators GM David Poile today and while he didn’t give a clear glimpse into his future, he provided a rather interesting take to Robby Stanley.

“Wherever I sign, I want to be there for the rest of my career,” Suter said. “I haven’t had time to really sit back and talk with my family and figure out what we want to do.”

Stanley points out that Suter has a wife and kids, so it makes sense that he’s giving that consideration. (Perhaps that might be the best thing going for the Predators’ side beyond mere recognition?)

The “rest of the career” part is especially interesting because Suter is in the meat of his prime at just 27 years old (he’ll turn 28 next January). There are plenty of NHL teams who would likely be glad to hand over Suter a deal with a cap average somewhere between what Pekka Rinne will begin to make next season ($7 million) and what Weber received in arbitration ($7.5 million). Regardless of whether he stays or goes, that factor is likely to make life very difficult for the Predators.

If you were Suter, what would you do, though? Beyond that, where do you think he’ll go? A lot of people wonder if a guy called (by some) the next Nicklas Lidstrom might just succeed Lidstrom in Detroit.

  1. thehighcountrybear - May 9, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    The next Nicklas Lidstrom is already in Detroit…his name is Niklas Kronwall! Kronwall’s easy to spot on the ice, even when not in a game…you can see the number 55 embossed on bodies of players all over the league on any given night!

    • creasemasta41 - May 9, 2012 at 8:47 PM

      cute joke…

    • vockeea - May 9, 2012 at 10:05 PM

      Listen I am a big Wings fan, but I don’t see it that way at all. Kronwall may have skill, but he doesn’t have anywhere near the skill to be a number 1 defencemen on any squad in the NHL. He is a fantastic option as a no. 3 or 4. Comparing Kronwall to Lidstrom would mean you would take Kronwall as a serious Norris Trophy contender, which is obviously not going to be happening.

      If you want to compare any player that is currently under contract with the Red Wings, look more in the direction of Brendan Smith. Even he may have too many chinks in his defensive game to seriously live up to some predictions as being the next Nick.

      If Suter were to sign with the Red Wings, he can certainly take over some responsibilities of ‘replacing’ Nick Lidstrom. Fact is, there is no true replacement for Nick, but Suter has the ability to shore up a lot of skill Red Wings fans and many hockey fans have enjoyed for the last two decades.

    • hagigun - May 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      Kronwall also has a #9 tattooed on his chest from when Mikko Koivu gave him the exploding shoulder that sat him on his keyster.

  2. sjsharks66 - May 9, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    He’s welcome to come to the sharks.

  3. vshehane - May 9, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Good thing Kronwall got all that rest this playoff season.

  4. bc49er - May 9, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Trade Edler and then sign Suter

  5. pshanks62 - May 9, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    He’s coming to Detroit…end of story. What other franchise as such a tradition of excellence and winning with as much cap space, it’d be a different story if Detroit only had 5 mill in cap space, they have about 22 mill in space…only need to resign Abdelkader and helm…Hudler leaving would be a very happy sit to see…but on July 1 Suter and Parise will be putting the winged wheel in their chests, they wants cupS.

    • sportsfreak13 - May 9, 2012 at 9:53 PM

      it does make the most hockey sense. The million dollar question is does he want to live in detriot?

      • hockinj25 - May 9, 2012 at 11:58 PM

        He doesn’t have to and probably won’t live in Detroit. I don’t think any of the players actually live in the city. There are some amazing suburbs around here and that won’t be a factor.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 10, 2012 at 12:22 AM

        Also have to consider the travel schedule for detriot. Even with realignment their schedule will be a bear for traveling. ALot will go into this decision for this kid.

    • sportsfreak13 - May 9, 2012 at 9:59 PM

      suter that is. I think parise stays in new jersey after this run they have this year. Don’t know how the $ works, but as a organization you cant let a player of his skill and hard work ethic walk. Players of his pedigree dont come around very often.

  6. tigers182 - May 9, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Umm, the surrounding Detroit area is among the greatest places to live in the country.

    • biasedhomer - May 9, 2012 at 11:03 PM

      You can say that about any major city.

  7. caps247 - May 9, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    If I was Suter, I’d sign with the Caps.

    But seriously though, with me being a Caps superfan, I think Suter would really beef up the Caps D and add more depth. The Caps do have a shot at him. We can definitely afford him and it doesn’t hurt to dump Wideman or Shultz for other good D-men.

  8. chasemutley - May 9, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    The Flyers could use Prongers salary cap savings to bring him in and guarantee us the 2013 Stanley Cup. #toosoon?

    • guitarmy204 - May 9, 2012 at 10:44 PM

      who’s gonna be in net?

      • biasedhomer - May 9, 2012 at 11:16 PM

        It doesn’t matter. They can put Quick in net and he will suck, that defense is putrid.

  9. norseman81 - May 9, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Like I have said. He is going to Minnesota. This only confirms it. His wife is from Minnesota and his Mother is from Minnesota. His parents currently live in Madison and that is only 4 hours away. You heard it here first.

    • twopadstack31 - May 9, 2012 at 11:40 PM

      too bad the wild suck..

      • norseman81 - May 9, 2012 at 11:50 PM

        Yes, currently they do. However, they will be a serious contender the next 2-3 years with there prospects coming up through the ranks.

      • twopadstack31 - May 10, 2012 at 12:07 AM

        i can’t remember the last time nicklas backstrom was healthy for a full season and Koivu is their only real good player. yes, zucker and im sure more youngster will come up but its a thin core. wouldn’t make sense. also, for being in minnesota, its not a highly talked about team. niether is STL but id think he will go somewhere that has a bigger name and gets more notice.

      • lordfletcher - May 10, 2012 at 1:09 AM


        it’s not a thin core when healthy. You kind of touched on the topic and you kind of didn’t. When healthy, this team was the best in the league (standings) not the most talented by any means.

        Granlund / Coyle / Larsson / Brodin / Hackett + two other quality goalie prospects / Zucker / #7 pick in this draft…… the future looks very bright in Minny with or without any FA help this summer……. if they add Suter or whomever, Minny can contend, IF HEALTHY…. They would also have plenty of options to make a trade deadline move next season if playing well enough to make the move.

        Also, the Wild have several $$$ millions coming off the books in 1-2 years. Bouchard / Backstrom / Heatley (who I think could end his career in MN but would need to take a massive pay cut, has his shot still but is slowly than crap). and a few other smaller contracts, plus Parrish’s contract buyout coming to an end….

        The Wild will be a contender in the future or near future if they stay the course.

        all of that is obviously my opinion but with Chuck Fletcher making the moves he has, I really like our chances

  10. Stiller43 - May 9, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    If i were him him i would play for the pens for the league min to go win a cup…well thats assuming he loves them as much as i do…but i’m him in this scenario, so i guess he does.

  11. broadstbully33 - May 9, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    he said superfan, hahahahahhahaha

  12. spizzjr - May 9, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    As an isles fan I’m praying

    • biasedhomer - May 9, 2012 at 11:18 PM

      There would be no reason he would pick the Isles over teams that can win now, not 4 years from now.

  13. twopadstack31 - May 9, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    i think he would look AMAZING with a Blue Note on his sweater and you pair him with pietrangelo and you have a scary defense. also most players that have played for St. Louis say it was their favorite place to play because of the city and community. Tkachuk lives here, so does stillman, hull, macinnis, mellanby, shaw, i believe pronger still has a house here, ect.

    • cardsandbluesforever - May 10, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      i agree with you 100% St Louis would make a great home for Suter. its just a few hours away from nashville, so the atmosphere around town is very similar to the nashville area. the travel schedule would be almost the same, and old freinds would be a half a day’s drive away. plus his dollar would go further here than just about anywhere else he could play.
      only issue is we’d have to find some sucker- er i mean another team to trade jackman to.

      • twopadstack31 - May 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

        lol to the jackman part.. id rather Jackman over Coliacovo any day. Coliacovo was a healthy scrath in favor of Ian Cole.. that says something.

  14. pone27 - May 9, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Detroit would be foolish to dump the highest dollar on Suter…..

    The Wings need to focus on adding more key players, not big contract players.

    Suter is saying he wants to a long, lucrative deal. This means he more than likely wants 6-7 mil a season for the next 5-10 years. Datsyuk and Zetts are your big time contract guys who deserve that money. Abdelkader is due solid, somewhat lengthy deal, as is Helm. You rather pay some decent coin on these guys to maintain an ANCIENT offensive team. Datsyuk isnt 28 anymore.

    For years Wings fans have been saying Holland is a genius with the teams he has. Well, he forgot about getting defensemen, and now he is going to try to overpay for one and kill his cap for years to come.

    If he was smart, he would spread the cash, not dump a ton on one guy.

    • hockinj25 - May 10, 2012 at 12:02 AM

      I’m pretty sure Suter would be considered a key player. Helm and Abs are nice pieces but they aren’t top 6 scorers and won’t get top 6 money. Dats and Z are getting older and would definitely be willing to take less money to stay here when their contracts are up. Holland is the greatest GM in the league, don’t question him.

  15. schartz55 - May 10, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Drinking that Paul Allen/Kevin Gorg/FSN North kool aid i see. Prospects are nice on paper, but the reality is they do not always translate to success in the NHL. Wild are about the 10th to 12th best team in the west and not much is changing anytime soon.

    • spiciercheez - May 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      It’s nice to have a bit of optimism at least Shartz. There is a large group of prospects that have a shot at playing next year, so it’s not like MN has all their hopes and dreams on one kid’s shoulders. Since there are a number of young guns that have a chance it makes it a bit easier to say they have a good chance at getting better. But hey, if you say they are 10th to 12th then they must be. Why even bother bringing in young talent?

    • lordfletcher - May 10, 2012 at 2:03 PM


      True, but with the amount of top prospects the Wild currently have, one or two or three are bound to be role players. It’s moronic to think otherwise. They have the best young prospect group of talent in the NHL / CHL Minors / Euro currently (per THN), not your boy toy ‘PA’ and FSN North.

      Nice try clown!

  16. ray2013 - May 10, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    If we are talking about one location for the next 6-10 years, then one natural location is the Oilers. They’ve got a lot of young talent in the forward position, and a young goalie that’s currently playing for Canada in the World Championships. Where they are really lacking is in a solid #1 defenceman.

    They also have over $21 million in cap space next season, a billionaire owner and a new arena they’re going to start construction on soon, and wouldn’t it be nice to have a team that can challenge for the cup as soon as it opens? I have no inside information; it just seems like once you take the focus off the next season only, and start looking over the next ten years, it seems like Edmonton is a team on the rise and it would be a fun team to play with/for.

    • eggserino - May 10, 2012 at 6:37 AM

      Yeah, that’s how Pronger thought about it too…

    • kitshky - May 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      You’re actually right, except for that annoying little fact that they play in Edmonton. #nooffense

      • ray2013 - May 10, 2012 at 4:10 PM

        Re: Pronger, the reason he left has never been made public, but the rumors are quite scandalous. The top-line talent is much better now than when Pronger was here is not the same.

        @kitshky; I’m not offended. Edmonton isn’t a place for everyone. But the team has the cap space, is moving on up with talented young players (Hall, Nuge, Eberle and Yakupov) and has a chance to be good for an extended period of time. Where they are lacking is in a quality #1 D-man. If I were Suter’s manager, I’d look into it, if only to make sure that I maximized my offer, because you know the Oil will provide a top offer.

  17. gobucky1 - May 10, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    He’s going to be wearing the Indianhead next season…just like his uncle.

  18. sjsharks66 - May 10, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    I think he wants to come to San Jose. Who wouldn’t want to live i Morgan Hill, San Francisco or Oakland? Lol

  19. ricky9984 - May 10, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Suter and Parise are both coming home to MN to finish their careers and get on board this team that is just starting to get things going. Those two plus the undeniable talent that’s expected to join our club is going to make the Wild a team to watch out for!

  20. dawglb - May 12, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Philadelphia would be a lovely place for you and your family. Great city, great fans, great ownership, great coaching staff, great opportunities after hockey, too! The Flyers organization (thank you, Mr Snyder) take excellent care of their players after their careers on the ice are over. For so many, once a Flyer, ALWAYS a Flyer!

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