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Nashville plans to give firm offers to Suter, Weber

Jul 1, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

Shea Weber #6 and Ryan Suter #20 of the Nashville Predators celebrate Weber's goal during the first period against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on October 13, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images) * Local Caption * Ryan Suter; Shea Weber
(October 13, 2008 - Source: Brian Kersey/Getty Images North America Getty Images

Predators GM David Poile wants Ryan Suter, but if he’s not coming back, he needs to know so that he can make other arrangements.

With that in mind, Josh Cooper is reporting that Poile plans to make a “firm offer” to Suter and another to restricted free agent Shea Weber.

“I haven’t done that to this point, but I think that’s probably the proper thing to do,” Poile said. “It’s a tough situation we’re in. Ryan controls all the cards right now, and if he comes back and signs with us, that’s terrific and we live happily ever after, but we need to move this forward because there’s a couple of other directions we may want to go if we knew that he wasn’t coming back.”

Personally, I think if Suter wanted to stay with Nashville, he would have re-signed with them by now. It wouldn’t be Earth-shattering news if he did agree to terms with the Predators, but at this point it seems far more likely that he will go elsewhere.

Weber is a bit of a more complicated situation. The Nashville Predators are in danger of losing Suter for nothing. If Weber refuses to sign a long-term contract with the Predators, they could end up watching Weber walk too. With that in mind, it might be better to trade Weber over the summer if Suter walks and Weber refuses to ink anything other than a one-year deal.

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    If I were Poile I’d be praying some team signs Weber to an offer sheet, that way you can match quickly keep Weber long term and not have the same issues of will he or won’t he that they had with Suter this year.

  2. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    They are both gone, trade Weber while you can

    • jernster21 - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:16 PM

      He doesn’t have a NTC either…I’d ship him to the Islanders or Jets.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:26 PM

        Sure be bitter and trade him to a team he won’t sign a long term contract with and get next to nothing for that 1 year rental. Sounds good to this Wings fan

  3. creator69 - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Take it for what it is worth. But rumors are Suter has picked Detroit. http://wap.sportsnet.ca/hockey/free_agency/2012/07/01/2012_nhl_free_agency_suter_detroit/

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:54 PM

      That’s a tough position to play in Detroit this year, whether it’s fair or not Suter is going to be looked at as Lidstrom’s replacement, never good to be the guy replacing a legend, it’s always better to be the guy replacing the guy who replaced a legend.

    • uscthom78 - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:59 PM

      Hey Dwayne is this e5.

      • uscthom78 - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:02 PM

        This is a reply to creator69

      • creator69 - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:19 PM

        Not 100% every source I’ve looked up has come from the same source https://twitter.com/?tw_e=screenname&tw_i=219538970042843136&tw_p=tweetembed#!/RealKyper

      • creator69 - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:40 PM

        This is everything I’ve seen: Over the span of couple minutes: Nick Kypreos via twitter: Starting to hear that Ryan Suter has picked the Red Wings. Nick Cotsonika via twitter: If Suter is coming to the Red Wings, they haven’t heard. Nick Kypreos via twitter: Still looking for confirmation, but sense decision is coming soon. Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Suter agent Neil Sheehy said that Suter has not made a decision yet. Nick Kypreos via twitter: Suter won’t make anything official until tomorrow, but some on the inside say he’s leaning towards the Wings.

  4. iainrwb - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Find it hard to believe that Suter would take a step backwards to Detroit, unless there are family reasons.

  5. scionofflame - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    I don’t think Suter picked Detroit. It sounded like a premature rumor and nothing more. We’ll find out later today!

  6. austav - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Plans to give a firm offer??? Where the hell has he been the past year and a half with those offers? He had to over pay on Weber’s one year arbitration because he didn’t lock him up earlier. This revelation and the last few moves he has made bring me to question whether or not Poile is the right guy for Nashville. I don’t understand 3.25 for Gaustad. Tootoo only got 1.9 per. Different players and positions on team but Goose is not worth that, where was he in the playoffs? A 1st rounder for him too. Time for Poile to exit if you ask me. This situation reminds me of Buffalo. Letting good players get to RFA or UFA when they should have been locked up. GM and coach on long tenures without winning anything.

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