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Predators GM admits Ryan Suter will test the free agent market

Jun 19, 2012, 11:13 PM EDT

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Nashville Predators GM David Poile has a busy summer ahead of him, but even he admitted that he’ll need to campaign for Ryan Suter like every one else: by waiting until July 1.

Poile still seems to hold out hope that Suter might come back, though. In speaking with PHT prior to the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, he framed the situation as Suter wanting to “test the market” rather than as a sign of disrespect for Nashville.

By discussing Suter, Poile implied Shea Weber‘s return is far more likely. He more or less admitted that Weber’s restricted free agent status allows the Predators to focus on bringing Suter back first.

Then again, it could be that Poile & Co. simply think there’s a better chance of retaining their captain than his lesser-known (but some might say equally brilliant) counterpart.

Just about every sign seems to scream “Suter to the Detroit Red Wings,” yet you can’t blame the defenseman if he allows plenty of teams to court him as an unrestricted free agent. Where do you think he should end up? Perhaps more importantly, where would you like to see him go?

  1. buffbry - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    He’s going to Detroit, He is constantly linked there. Honestly there might be 1 other team that has a small remote chance, but lets just all assume he’s going to Detroit.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM

      It’s down to 3 teams, not just one… if it was JUST Detroit, Nashville would know about it and his rights would have been traded for.

      • gekkoguy82 - Jun 20, 2012 at 8:34 AM

        I think that even if Poile knew it was Detroit, he wouldn’t have traded the rights. He’d be tarred and feathered for dealing that way with such a hated rival. It wouldn’t be good from a PR standpoint. In my opinion, at least. Maybe he could overlook that.

  2. bleed4philly - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Don’t even start with the Flyers rumors, we don’t even have the cap space.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:22 AM

      wow! an intelligent flyers fan. that’s a first.

      • flyers22 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM

        actually the flyers have around 9 million in cap space and thats without pronger on ltir and voracek stilll has to be signed and who knows what will happen at the draft in terms of trades but the flyers have plenty of cap space not saying they are going to land suter but we all know homer is going to make some kind of splash either at the draft or on july 1st

  3. lorddarkhelmet - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    please let it be the Wings!

  4. aphoticapex - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Well, this ruined my night. #Sad Preds Fan, unless he comes back of course. Ugh.

  5. elvispocomo - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Detroit is a big favourite right now: plenty of cap space, recently departed top 4 D (Lidstrom and Stuart), and an environment Suter might enjoy. At this point he’s he biggest name in the UFA market and the only one that’s going to cause any interest, so if it is down to what Detroit offers the UFA coverage is going to be pretty boring come July 1st.

  6. lucicfan603 - Jun 20, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    Hate to say it but yeah Suter will be a Redwing next season should make for interesting games being Central rivals

    • hystoracle - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      The would love to see him in a Lightning sweater, but I’m afraid you are right. If I was him I’d want to go to Detroit, too.

  7. langforc - Jun 20, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    This just in: water is wet. This is not shocking at all. It will be interesting to see if the Preds trade his rights, my feeling is they will. I think it goes without saying that they will not trade his rights to Detroit though. But there are probably more than a few teams that will be willing to trade a pick or prospect. If he makes it all the way to July 1 unsigned Detroit has to be the front runner. They have tons of cap room and an extreme need for a top d-man.

  8. credible316 - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Don’t rule out Minnesota, yes Detroit is the front runner but Fletcher is a thief!

  9. vshehane - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    As a Preds fan I am good with Suter leaving and going any where he wants. He held the Preds hostage all year. I really don’t want him here any more. He will never be the player Weber is. He won’t receive a hero’s welcome here when he returns.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:19 AM


      thanks for the laugh. That’s how you see it. Everyone else see’s a player who was straight up with his GM. He wanted security, just like Parise. Both of the big free agents (suter and parise) should have never been in this position. Both GM’s failed to meet these midwest boy’s needs. They wanted a long term deal and I am willing to bet if these GM’s gave them that a year or two ago, the prices would have been 25% less.

      Fail on Nashville and NJ, not the players. Both earned their pay day

      and as for Suter not being the player Weber will ever be, well duh, they play different styles. Let’s see how Weber looks without Suter bailing him out.

      • vshehane - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:30 PM

        Thank YOU for the laugh, Suter bailing Weber out? Get a clue.

      • lordfletcher - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:37 PM

        let me know who that #1 Dline looks next year without Suter. Sure Weber will get his goals, but everything will be hurting.

        good luck

  10. govtminion - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    It’s not over until it’s over… remember way back when Boston was shopping Ray Bourque around in trade talks? It was Detroit or Philadelphia that he was going to, all the way up until the sudden announcement that he was going to Colorado. Sometimes a team sneaks in out of nowhere with an offer too good to pass up. Detroit looks likely, yes, but there’s no shortage of teams who would give up a fat paycheck to a top-caliber defenseman.

  11. savior72 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Blues have PLENTY of cap space and they finally have the ownership issue settled. Might be them with the winning bid, we’ll see.

  12. letsgosjsharks - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Love to see him put on that Teal Jersey!

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