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Suter’s agent: stop ripping my client for taking his time

Jul 3, 2012, 12:08 PM EDT

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Amidst all the moaning from media, NHL executives and fans (mostly the media) as Ryan Suter and Zach Parise ponder where to sign their long-term contracts, Suter’s agent, Neil Sheehy, is sticking up for his client’s desire to take his time deciding.

Said Sheehy to the Associated Press: “When a young man is asked to commit for 13 years, why is it considered extraordinary to take a few days to make a decision? A deal will happen when it happens.”

And really, it’s hard to argue with that. True, Suter and Parise had plenty of time to think about potential destinations prior to July 1, but maybe one they never seriously considered (Chicago?) has given them reason for pause.

In light of the above, some observers have suggested a week-long window when unrestricted free agents can talk to teams and hear their pitches, but nothing can be signed until the week is up. (Sort of like what Justin Schultz got to do.) That way, there’s less sitting around waiting for a couple of key guys to make their decisions before the rest of the dominoes start to fall.

  1. sheckyrimshot - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    geez who’s his agent? Detective Sandy V Gina?

  2. sheppyshep8 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    “When a young man is asked to commit for 13 years…”

    13 years? a hint? smells more and more like detroit. lidstrom jr.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      Why on Earth would you assume 13 years means Detroit? My guess there are 5 others that are offering 12-13 years. Detroit isn’t the center of the universe, unless you want to talk unemployment, shut down auto manufactures, and homeless people.

      • zaksyuk - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:40 PM

        And murder i was born in detroit btw 😀

      • sheppyshep8 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:44 PM

        because i’m from DC and that’s where I want him to go…not come east. p.s. none of these free agents want to go to minny. where NHL goes to die. unfortunate…such a huge youth movement of hockey in the north…but can’t field a formidable NHL team to save their life.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:53 PM

        That was under Risebrough’s regime. Things are looking up here in Los Twin Cities. Fletcher is building the Wild and they’ll soon be a force to be reckoned with.

      • slickvb82 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:57 PM

        @sheppyshep8…below comment about “Minny”

        First, don’t say “minny” as if you live her or know anything about our state. MN is and always will be the state of hockey. Second, I’m so sick of all the haters on here talking about Parise and Suter coming to the Wild. A comment like “where NHL goes to die” just makes me think you’re a punk who knows nothing about hockey.

        If Parise comes, great, cause Suter will be right behind him. If not, so be it, we have a bright future either way.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:08 PM

        Where the NHL goes to die, yet “Minny” has more current NHLs than any other state.

  3. sjsharks66 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Seriously! Why is his agent so upset. No one is mad everyone is just anxious to get him on their team. If they take time to get him another team can steal him away.

  4. pavelfitzgerald - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Why is anyone upset?? Fans need to lean to be patient. If it was my family & I, we would take as long as we damn well please. Good for Parise & Suter

  5. enrgy2burn - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    What I, as a Flyers fan, find interesting is the mention of 13 years. An article on ( today stated that the Flyers offered Suter 12 years and that “Flyers’ bid is by far the highest out there right now.” Unless the Flyers added another year, I’m getting the feeling the Flyers are out (though I never thought they had much of a chance at either Suter or Parise). I don’t really think the Flyers need either of these guys. I’d rather see them offer Weber a contract that Nashville can’t or won’t match.

    • mattj2524 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:39 PM

      While Suter undoubtedly has more upside than a Matt Carle resigning, I worry that the Flyers might see more of the same if this signing were to actually occur: Carle’s morphed into a turnover machine without Pronger by his side…what if Suter’s real issues are uncovered once he is removed from the beastliness that is Shea Weber? I’m of the opinion that 13 years is just too much of a risk given no one really knows what Suter is capaeble of on his own. That being said, whoever gets Suter will be getting youth, physicality, and a 2-way defenseman for the remainder of his career; hopefully he remains injury free for whoever inks the prize.

      • jpelle82 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:58 PM

        suter is good, but he is going to get overpaid no matter how you see it. this can only help matt carle get overpaid too, he will be waiting until suter is signed and the remaining gm’s come crawling and competing for the scraps in the wake of the suter frenzy. chiarelli and mcphee have the right approach this year…sit back and let the other guys overpay in a subpar UFA market.

  6. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Well, when the media and their “sources” say “PARISE TO SIGN MONDAY,” can you blame people for getting antsy? If the weather man says “TORNADOS TO STRIKE TODAY,” people also respond accordingly, whether or not the tornado hits.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:45 PM

      most of these glorified bloggers just make this stuff up so you shouldn’t be relying upon anything they tell you

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        Whether they’re making stuff up or not, unless you’re close to the player or other associated individuals, we as fans unfortunately do not have many other options for news sources, so it’s hard not to rely at least to some degree on their reports.

    • lordfletcher - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      To be fair. Parise never said when he will sign, the media from Pitt has been saying whatever they want this whole time. They have no control on their reporting between their two beat writers. Russo has been spot on this whole situation.

    • homelanddefense - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      that is on the media, not the players though

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        You are correct, sir.

  7. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    He’s right. NHL players are not commodities. This isn’t a video game. We’re talking about real people’s careers and lives. They should be allowed to take as much time as they need to make such an important choice without hearing a single complaint about them doing so.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      And ultimately, who cares? It is a game. Cheer for your favorite team, hope for the best, and respect those who make the game happen in the first place, whether or not you agree with them all the time. Good sportsmanship involves the spectator too. That’s not to say there can’t be a certain dosage of ribbing and heckling either (particularly towards Laffs, Flyers, and Bruins fans)…

  8. obamablowz - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Yeah don’t rip him for taking his time….only rip Lebron James for taking his time.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      Only rip LeBron for being an egomaniacal prima donna.

      • obamablowz - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:38 PM

        Yep, as long as he doesn’t have a live feed saying “I’m taking my talents to …….” It’s okay!!!! P.S. I hate basketball so I could care less.

  9. lionsdraftguy - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Greatminnesotasportsmind…you are pathetic.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      Thanks 😉

  10. hockeyknowledge - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    At least Suter’s agent is clearly explaining the situation.

  11. hines86for6 - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    philly offered suter the 13 yr contract over 100 mill. word is detroit is not willing to give that much term which is smart as it will pay suter till he’s 40. says the Preds have the most cap space with 30 mill which is enough to get suter, parise, and weber.

  12. greeniemeanie - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Nice, Parise is confirmed back home in Minnesota. Lets hope he stays.

    • greeniemeanie - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      And brings Suter with.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:34 PM


      • JB (the original) - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:31 PM

        He didn’t sign (yet); he’s simply back home in Minnesota at his (parent’s) home while pondering over his future.

      • greeniemeanie - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:09 PM

        But you gotta love the sawce.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        Sawcy sawce?

  13. greeniemeanie - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Yeah, I got that JB and wasn’t suggesting otherwise.

    He has a home in the Twin Cities. He doesn’t live with his folks any more.

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