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Preds GM Poile on Suter meeting: “Very, very good”

Jun 1, 2012, 12:54 PM EST

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Josh Cooper of The Tennessean reports Predators GM David Poile met with impending UFA defenseman Ryan Suter on Thursday at Suter’s house in Madison, WI.

“The meetings were very, very good,” Poile said. “They were very positive and very constructive.”

Poile also stated he and Suter’s agent, Neil Sheehy, would continue to talk on a regular basis leading up to the July 1 free agency deadline. Given how the NHL landscape has shifted recently, these talks are going to be of great importance as it seems things are transpiring for Suter to at least test the free-agent waters.

The Detroit Red Wings — rumored to be one of Suter’s main suitors — have both a No. 1 defenseman spot and $6.2 million available now that captain Nicklas Lidstrom has retired.

Yesterday, TSN’s Bob McKenzie noted that — based on the current CBA and Hockey Related Revenue — the upcoming salary cap would be $70.3 million, meaning a whole bunch of teams could have spending money to throw at Suter.

Of course, the CBA expires on Sept. 15 and nobody knows for certain where the cap will end up.

It should also be noted that Nashville is one of the teams with surplus cap space. The Preds could have as much as $38 million available, though they do have a number of key RFAs and UFAs in addition to Suter: Shea Weber, Sergei Kostitsyn, Alexander Radulov, Colin Wilson, Andrei Kostitsyn, Paul Gaustad, Jordin Tootoo, Hal Gill and Anders Lindback.

  1. comradeast - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    The Devils should let Parise walk and snag Suter

    • lordfletcher - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      well that makes about zero sense…

      Yeah, let your captain leave ???? good plan

      what they should have done is pay Parise last year and avoided losing him for nothing

      Wild fan -

    • biasedhomer - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:15 PM

      The grass is not always greener on the other side.

  2. crazemastercraze - Jun 1, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    oh, come on!!!! only a deal lucifer himself will prevent him from becoming a redwing! lets keep it real people!

    • lordfletcher - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      HA!

      I do not think the Wings have the best chance of landing him anyways, I would say the second best but who knows what will happen…. All I know is right now, the current Wings roster doesn’t look that strong and isn’t a playoff team next year. You have to figure in the injuries to an aging team. Good luck, keep your nose held high Detroit fans

      • polegojim - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:01 PM

        You mean HEAD held high right fletch?

        We’ll see what next year brings as the Wings will actually get younger.

        And… luck had nothing to do with it for 21 years.

        Just keeping you honest Minnesota.

      • lordfletcher - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:06 PM

        @polegojim

        don’t get me wrong… I am more than jealous of all of your teams success and most likely continued. I think everyone in the league could say the same.

        No, I meant nose. Some of the fans act like their $hit doesn’t stink, not like your club, whom does everything with class.

        Cheers :)

      • lordfletcher - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:09 PM

        the aging comment was more directed at your star / elite players… Wrong of me to say the team as a whole… Your best players are getting to the end of their prime and injuries to start to creep in.

        I think the free agency is biggest for Detroit than any other squad. I feel as if they badly need to get Suter or Carle ….. but I would rather see the Wild get Suter and or Carle :)

        LOL, best of luck, well kinda…

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