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Suter’s college coach thinks he’ll end up in the midwest

Jun 16, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

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While the Predators are hoping they’ll be able to keep soon-to-be free agent defenseman Ryan Suter, his former college coach believes his future lies in the Midwest.

University of Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves tells Patrick Knight of KFAN in Minneapolis if fans in Los Angeles and New York were hoping to see Suter sign with their teams they’ll be left pretty disappointed.

“I would say (he would sign) somewhere in the Midwest,” Eaves said, finishing with, “If you take a look at the structure of the states, I think you could go as far south as St. Louis right through up to Detroit and over to Minneapolis. I think you are looking somewhere in the Midwest where he kind of knows the lifestyle he and his family would be getting into.”

Eaves says Suter’s personality makes him more of a quiet, country guy thus making big cities like New York and L.A. much less desirable. There’s been no chatter about St. Louis being interested in Suter, but it’s clear Nashville would love to retain him and both Detroit and Minnesota will back up a truck full of money to get him.

After reading about Suter’s supposed dislike of playing in Philly, perhaps there’s something about him wanting to keep things in the Central time zone.

  1. lordfletcher - Jun 16, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    I think I said this two days ago LOL.

    Come on boys, get these articles out before I do :)

  2. ricky9984 - Jun 16, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Come to Minnesota suter! You and parise, along with an infusion of young talent will make us contenders for the foreseeable future!

    • porkchopexpress1969 - Jun 16, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      lol Minnesota…Poor coaching… terrible team right now. I know I live here.

      • lordfletcher - Jun 16, 2012 at 4:58 PM

        just curious.

        What is wrong with the coaching. I would love to hear you break down Yeo’s and the staffs abilities. Please be detailed, otherwise I will assume you have no clue what you’re talking about and just spitting random words.

        thanks and good luck

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 16, 2012 at 5:38 PM

        I would have guessed he wouldn’t have even known Yeo’s name

      • lordfletcher - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:01 PM


        so far I have one thumbs down and no explanation………..sounds about right.

      • porkchopexpress1969 - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:23 PM

        Are you kidding me? One of the top teams that fell off the face of the earth… Poor coaching, poor players. Look at the record, speaks for itself, and dont give me the BS, injures every team has them. He acted unprofessional by calling out players on his own team. Even PA from KFAN has mentioned a few time where Yeo should of kept his mouth shut… Poor Coach, terrible team right now. 2-3 years out.

      • lordfletcher - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:32 PM

        so again… describe how it was a schematic or x’s and o’s reason why our coaching is bad…. not pointless sentences

        You mentioning PA’s name doesn’t do you any good either. Easily one of the biggest POS dbags that knows nothing of any sport. All he has is a great voice.

        keep watching 10 games a year and listening to Kfan, that will help you form your own opinion.


      • jrmehle - Jun 17, 2012 at 10:25 AM

        One of the things Chuck Fletcher touted about Mike Yeo when he came in is that he would hold his players accountable. I think he did that. I never once heard him call out a player by name in the media. He would say things like “our top guys have to play better” or “the defense has to be more responsible.” He handled the Zidlicky fiasco with class by keeping it out of the media. Not sure why you feel he’s terrible.

  3. lordfletcher - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    so again… describe how it was a schematic or x’s and o’s reason why our coaching is bad…. not pointless sentences

    You mentioning PA’s name doesn’t do you any good either. Easily one of the biggest POS dbags that knows nothing of any sport. All he has is a great voice.

    keep watching 10 games a year and listening to Kfan, that will help you form your own opinion.


    • lordfletcher - Jun 16, 2012 at 6:32 PM

      sorry for the double post!

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:55 PM

        When you lose Backstrom, Bouchard, Latendresse, Koivu, and Setoguchi all to injuries, your team is going to suffer. Lucky Fletcher has added the young prospects so we don’t have to rely on players who have no business playing in the NHL.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:39 PM

      And there is a reason why Paul Allen is losing more and more listeners every week. Personally I stopped listening to that clown in October and started listening to Judd and Phunn on 1500 ESPN. At least their hockey talk is more knowledgeable.

    • porkchopexpress1969 - Jun 17, 2012 at 12:03 AM

      Can you tell me the x ‘s and o’s on why he would want to come to the Wild? What is so attractive about a coach the bombed the last have of the season? Take off your Wild colored glasses… And PA was playing Yeo’s comments after a game. Will he turn in a good coach? Who knows.. And again with the excuses, every team in the NHL has has injures, not just the Wild.

  4. chicohawk - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    If he doesn’t resign with Nashville, it will come down to Detroit & Chicago…

    Then it comes down to whether he wants more money (Detroit) or wants to be closer to his family & home (Chicago)….

    The fact that uncle Gary played for the hawks doesn’t hurt either…

    I expect he’ll be a hawk come Jul 1

    • geezgtfo - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:54 PM

      is there any reason any player would want to go to chitown to play? NOO. Terrible 3 and fouth lines, terrible D, terrible goaltending, terrible place to end your carreer

      • hawksfan19 - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:35 PM

        “Is there any reason a player would want to go to Chitown to play?” UHM MORE THAN MINNESOTA! We have one of the best core group of players in the league, have made the playoffs 4 years in a row, and it is one of the best cities in the midwest. You guys can keep looking through your homer colored goggles that everyone wants to go play in Minnesota even though you guys are not a playoff contender, when teams like Detroit and Chicago are. Seriously get a clue. MANY players, would LOVE to end their career in Chicago. And by the way, Suter grew up a Blackhawk fan, his uncle played for the Hawks and the family continues to have strong ties to the organization, and Chicago is closer to Madison than Minnesota.

    • cardsandbluesforever - Jun 16, 2012 at 10:08 PM

      not happening with either team unless they throw cubic money at him. chicago and detroit are both large cities which is exactly the kind of enviroment his coach said he doesnt want to live in.
      St. Louis on the other hand is just a few hours north of nashville, still has the midwest/small town country feel and the team itself is highly competitive.
      im sure suter would sign with the blues if the offer was right, question is are the Blues interested in him?

  5. norseman81 - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    His wife is from bloomington,MN…done deal.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:43 PM

      The thumbs down apparently forgot how much Chris Pronger’s wife wore the pants in Edmonton.

      • trigzter - Jun 17, 2012 at 1:05 AM

        im not exactly sure how they relate to each other at all

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 17, 2012 at 3:46 AM

        Pronger’s wife was allegedly miserable in Edmonton, thus him leaving as a free agent, after reaching the Cup Finals

      • trigzter - Jun 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM

        i know about prongers wife and edmonton. it’s just a useless comparison

    • bethgoesglobal - Jun 17, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      your assuming he likes his in-laws lol.

      I’d love to see him in MN, but really who wouldn’t want to play for the Wings.

      St.Louis also seems like a good option- it’s a good market, they are more competitive than the Wild, and it’s only a day’s drive away from the Twin Cities.

      If he really wants to be in an smaller, more manageable, and more of a typical Midwestern flavor ( extra friendly, more family oriented) than either the Wild or the Blues should be at the top of his list. However, we’re talking about what Suter’s college coach thinks. How much does he really know about what’s important to him? People can change quite a bit in a few years, especially when you become a star player. Money and winning the Cup may be more important to him than a cities atmosphere right now.

  6. brubbed - Jun 17, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Is everyone following the nhl lately stupid? Suter has said like 3 times right? Detroits in the southeast division next year. Chicago hasnt got the cap space unless they move kane. Flyers are goin after weber and either parise or kessel. Suter will either stay in nashville, sign with either minnesota or an unreported team (calgary).

    • brubbed - Jun 17, 2012 at 12:13 AM

      Sorry, suter said he doesnt wanna play in the eastern conference 3 times

      • cardsandbluesforever - Jun 17, 2012 at 12:20 AM

        that and im pretty sure suter would want to be on a competitive team, so that rules out MN.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 17, 2012 at 3:51 AM

        What your not seeing is how the Wild are set up long term to be a Cup contender. Infusion of top prospects this year, cap money to sign Parise and Suter this summer, cap room the next 2 summers after this summer to sign more high profile free agents. Yeah I couldn’t see why he would want to sign with Minnesota. Maybe instead of being narrow sighted, maybe you should look at the long term out look of the teams, since most free agents who are going to sign a 8-10 year contract might, you know, actually do.

    • tmoore4075 - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:22 AM

      You’re calling people here stupid, are you stupid? The alignment of the NHL isn’t changing next year. Detroit will never play in the southeast. If they were to go East (they won’t the NHL doesn’t want to lose them out West) the divisions would be changed probably. Most likely the realignment the NHLPA squashed will probably happen just a year later than planned.

      And while Nashville is very likely, but Calgary? HAHA

  7. snipedanglecelly13 - Jun 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Pretty sure he wants to go to a team that can win a cup, that rules out preds and wild. Both of them haven’t even made it past second round. Wings all the way, parise will follow up too.

    • spiciercheez - Jun 17, 2012 at 6:58 PM

      Oh yeah that time that the Wild made it to the Western finals never happened huh?

      • tmoore4075 - Jun 18, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        Not saying he won’t sign there but are you really going to say one trip to the 3rd round 9 years ago (and only 2 playoffs without getting out of round one since then) is going to sway him to sign in Minny?

  8. snipedanglecelly13 - Jun 17, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    I don’t get how prongers wife got into the conversation lol

  9. charleslouis99 - Jun 17, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Mike yeo is not a bad coach when you have to use 40 different players something like that you’re probably not gonna be successful a pietro and suter would be awesome and allow players like Ian Cole to develop but if he goes to minny Itd be ok I’d rather see parise go there though

  10. big0range - Jun 17, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Sorry to bust the bubble but he will get a taste of the open market to have a better feel for his contract worth, then re sign with the Preds.

  11. big0range - Jun 17, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Ok maybe it’s just REALLY wishful thinking as we are small market and can’t dole out the cash like the Deadwings but a brother can dream.

  12. xjokerz - Jun 18, 2012 at 4:33 AM

    Why are you bad teams acting like you have a shot at suter or parise ? It’s comical. Anyway welcome to Detroit fellas

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