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No Suter decision today (and maybe not tomorrow either)

Jul 3, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

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We won’t know today where Ryan Suter will sign, his agent, Neil Sheehy, tells USA Today.

In fact, according to the Detroit Free Press, a decision “probably won’t come before Thursday.”

A contingent from the Red Wings visited Suter today in Wisconsin to sell the 27-year-old defenseman on joining their club. The Free Press reports that the Wings upped their offer for Suter from $80 million over 13 years to $90 million.

Meanwhile, in Nashville, The Tennessean reports that the Predators have no plans to visit Suter in person.

According to the newspaper, the club is “currently in a holding pattern with Suter, waiting to receive word from him on his plans. It’s believed the Predators will have the last crack at negotiations with Suter.”

Other teams believed to be pushing hard for Suter include Minnesota, Philadelphia, Chicago and Pittsburgh.

  1. sjsharks66 - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    This is getting old. Hockey news is supposed to be exciting this time of year. Parise and Suter have ruined it.

    • eaglesfan723 - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:51 PM

      Why are they to blaim? They are sitting back and enoying the show. Why not just sit and watch the stock rise?

    • jrmehle - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:51 PM

      The only thing Parise and Suter having ruined is the media-created free agency frenzy that happens on the first day players are available. Parise in particular has made himself available for comment regularly over the past few days. For a guy who doesn’t seek the spotlight, I’d say it’s pretty admirable of him.

  2. zaksyuk - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    That suck’s because were preparing a firework show for Suter if he signs in Detroit tomorrow.

  3. chiadam - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    We might lose another season if rich teams keep thumbing their noses at the cap with these deals that stretch for 12 and 13 years. And if that happens, the NHL might as well shut their doors for good.

  4. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Maybe I’m in the minority here but I just don’t see Suter (or Parise for that matter) as being guys that are worth $90 million dollars (rumor is Parise is being offered $100 million) I get that it’s over 12 or 13 years but are these guys really players you’d consider amongst the best in the game? I’m not a Crosby fan and I was critical of his extension (because it’s uninsurable) but if these two are getting this much he’s worth $150 million. I just hope if the NHL puts in an amnesty clause into the next CBA Bettman makes it so that teams can’t use it on contracts over more than 7 years, let these teams be stuck with these bad contracts.

    • chiadam - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      I get what you’re saying, but wouldn’t the league be negotiating against itself then? The league HATES these deals. They’d be negotiating to keep them around. And the amnesty still means they have to pay the player all the money. They’re not really saving anything.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:08 PM

        Bettman does hate these contracts, and he’s also vindictive, which is why I could see him saying 7 years thence offering teams amnesty for contracts that were originally 7 years and under. Another option that I could see him taking is letting these contracts continue but saying that if they’re over X number of years in length then they count against your cap for that length no matter what, much like they do know with 35+ contracts.

  5. philly4lyfe - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Jagr just signed w/ Dallas

  6. dawglb - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    He will go to Detroit.

  7. lordfletcher - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    MN Wild picked up Suter’s agent so both the Wings and Wild could talk with Suter…. It looks like this is a two horse race… If parise signs with Wild, MN get’s both… IF Parise goes to Pitt or where ever, suter goes to Detroit…

    awesome odds for Wild fans right now

  8. obamablowz - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    I like Suter…however he’s no 100 million man…entertain yourself and look at next year free agents…I’d wait a year, dump some salary and go after one of those D-men

  9. creator69 - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    According to https://twitter.com/#!/HockeyyInsiderr/ Take it for what is worth. Suter is coming to Det. and Parise to the Pens.

    • myspaceyourface - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      I guess if you tweet all possible outcomes you can’t go wrong.

  10. creator69 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Hockeyy Insiderr ‏@HockeyyInsiderr
    #CONFIRMED by 2 #NHL sources: Suter has VERBAL agreement with #REDWINGS. 13 year deal. Still tweaking payment allocation.

  11. 69jaredallen69 - Jul 4, 2012 at 4:28 AM

    Brian Lawton (former NHL GM and current certified NHL agent) tweeted (@brianlawton9) that Ryan Suter will be signing with the Minnesota Wild

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