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We’re tracking planes now: Detroit reportedly sends jet to visit Suter in Wisconsin

Jul 3, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

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From Ansar Khan of

A plane registered to Olympia Aviation, LLC, flew to Madison, Wis., this morning and is scheduled to fly back today, according to the Web site,

That is the plane owned by Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch.

Free-agent defenseman Ryan Suter lives on a farm in Madison, Wis., in the off-season.

The reason this particular (and alleged) visit is being reported?

Aside from the fact we’re all desperate for news, a source told that Ilitch and Red Wings advisor Chris Chelios had planned to meet with Suter in Madison on Sunday — but that meeting was cancelled by Suter’s agent, Neil Sheehy.

“We all know each other, so there’s nothing meeting face-to-face is going to accomplish, at least initially,” Sheehy told MLive on Saturday. “If Ryan is uncertain, that [meeting] could come into play.”

Ergo, the Wings getting that (alleged) face-to-face meeting could be considered a big development.

It’s also worth noting a MLive source said Detroit’s initial offer to Suter was a 12-year deal worth $90 million, an average annual value of $7.5 million per season.

In terms of cap hit, that would make him the highest-paid defenseman in the NHL.

Related: For Parise, money “plays a very small part in” his decision

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

    Stick a fork in Suter, it’s gonna be done soon, he’s a Red Wing

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      Well considering the plane went to Madison when Babcock was told not to come to T.O.? Hate to say it but that train may have left the station. Well good then. I can almost move on with my life, after Parise makes his decision of course.

  2. tmoore4075 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    We’re getting creepy here. Hard to blame people for digging for news.

    • adambballn - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      This is actually how someone broke the Peyton Manning to Denver story… tracked the Broncos owner’s plane.

      • lordfletcher - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:13 PM

        it all started in MN with Favre watch.

  3. adambballn - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Suter is good… but the highest paid defenseman in the league? He’s not worth that kind of money.

    • polegojim - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      ; ) … I’ll take that chance!

    • tmoore4075 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      It’s so hard to judge with guys getting more money up front to lower cap hits. Plus the cap continuing to go up and up makes salaries go up and up so comparing it to a deal signed 3 years ago doesn’t work. Look at it this way as of now (before new CBA) the cap is 70mil so a player can be signed for a max salary of 14mil a year. Suter will only be making half that so that’s not bad. lol

    • hockeyfan28 - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      he’d be one of the few Redwings who doesn’t use polygrip and metamucil so it is a big decision

    • zaksyuk - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      Lidstrom left a big hole in our team. So were gona fill it up with money, duh ! Oh and this is the best defensemen ufa and the highest cap ever, just sayin.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:01 PM

        That’s the problem, Detroit is going to pay a lot of money for a defenseman to come in and replace Lidstrom, everyone (fans, media etc) will see it that way the problem is Suter isn’t anywhere near as good as Lidstrom is and certainly was, this is a recipe for Suter to become the Detroit area whipping boy.

  4. kingfooj - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    love the title

  5. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    I’d love it if another team’s plane landed in Madison, if only to throw a wrench in the gears and really get the rumor mill spinning.

  6. polegojim - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    As soon as business is handled in Wisconsin… they’ll take a short left, jump the border to MN and THEN back home.

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

      No Suter tonight in my coffee, no Suter tonight on my team… come on Parise!

    • lordfletcher - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      it’s funny how this rumor is getting sprayed with both Red Wings owner and Wild owner headlines (in the twin cities)… None of this matters till the dotted line is signed. It all depends on Parise in my eyes….

      If Parise goes to the Wild, most likely they get Suter too…

      It looks like Parise is not going to the Wild (to me) and that means Suter is going to Detroit.

      -wild fan

      • polegojim - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:45 PM

        I think they’ll split

  7. mattj2524 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Is it me, or does Neil Sheehy sound like a whinny 4 year old when people ask him logical questions that he just doesn’t want to answer?

    “Everybody just…….just leave Ryan alone!”

    “NO! We don’t wanna talk to Chris Chelios! It won’t accomplish anything!”

    You’re client is the highest profiled UFA defenseman on the market. Isn’t it part of your job as an agent to field questions about the possible destinations for your client? It’s called public relations dude, give it a shot.

    Gotta say though, Detroit sure is making a heavy push for Suter…if I were a gambling man, that’s where my money would be.

    • tmoore4075 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      Babcock was in Minnesota today supposedly too. They are pushing for both really hard still. Can’t imagine if they are able to sign both.

      • mattj2524 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:46 PM

        I still love Paul Homgren’s (Flyers GM) move on day # 1 of FA. Basically knowing that neither of these players had any intentions of going to Philly, he throws out 12 year, $80 mil (give or take) offers to both players. “If I can’t have them…well then they’re going to at least be super expensive for whoever does get them!” Well played Paul, well played.

      • lordfletcher - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:10 PM

        Babcock was not in MN.

        Please give me your sources so we can make fun of them to their faces….

        Pitt beat writers have been saying this and that about Parise but none has come true yet… How about we all take a deep breath and just wait to see what happens. Clearly the media is saying whatever they want at this point because the players and agents are saying nothing….

        Suter’s agent has said today that he isn’t making a choice, so there goes Detroit as the front runners (for now) … it all comes down to Parise and where he signs. Team USA is trying to stick together

  8. chiadam - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    If there’s one thing the annoying Suter / Parise watch needed, it’s the SantaTracker element. Well done. That’s much more appealing than dealing with the reality that Suter (and every other NHL player) won’t be wearing anyone’s sweater until January or so.

  9. sheckyrimshot - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    in other news, eyewitnesses reported sightings of paul holmgren wearing a jetpack and a ron hextall jersey, carrying a keg of schlitz, touch down in the parking lot of the piggly wiggly in oshkosh. he was heard repeating the phrase under clenched teeth “gonna drink chelios under the table…”

  10. mojosmagic - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Who was flying it? Dan Snyder.

  11. lionsdraftguy - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    GO WINGS! Suter will look great in red and white, instead of those ugly Nashville colors.

    • lordfletcher - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      I would agree with you there but the new Predator jerseys I think look pretty cool… the old one’s were terrible!!!!

  12. mattj2524 - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Ed Snyder?

  13. dkphilly1122 - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    It’s Ed Synder and the Flyers offers for Suter and Parise were in excess of 90 mill each, the highest offers supposedly. So if it’s about the money they’d be in Philly. I’d rather go after Weber and Ryan anyhow.

    • hockeyfan28 - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      Pretty obvious the Flyers have wanted Ryan all along and their just driving up the price particularly for Pittsburgh.

  14. dkphilly1122 - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    And yeah Matt, Suter’s agent is definitely outta control. Whiney as hell when his client is one of the biggest FA’s this summer, what did he expect??

  15. mattj2524 - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Dan Snyder is the Redskins owner isn’t he?

    I guess with the amount Holmer offered up for ZP & RS, he might as well be grouped with the likes of Daniel Snyder.

  16. davebabychreturns - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Love all the complaints about the coverage of this. Hey guys, if you don’t want to read these bottom of the barrel stories I might suggest you do something else, as this is a hockey website and it’s July freaking 3rd.

  17. semin28 - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Love this article

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