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Ryan Suter didn’t mean to cause the Preds any pain

Jul 11, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

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If you’re a Nashville fan feeling let down by Ryan Suter‘s decision to play for the Minnesota Wild, he wants you to know he didn’t mean to cause you any pain.

That’s what Suter tells Joshua Cooper of The Tennessean following in the wake of a tumultuous time that saw Nashville GM David Poile on a couple of occasions let his feelings known about the way things played out in free agency.

Suter says there was no harm meant in his decision.

“I have never tried to hide anything from anybody,” Suter said. “I wanted it to work in Nashville, but the decision I made was to move on, and I’m sorry for the hurt that it has brought to David Poile and to the Predators.”

Suter also says “there was no agenda” to signing with the Wild and “it’s just how things played out.” Obviously fans in Nashville aren’t going to see things the same way and perhaps one day Poile will feel bad about venting the way he did, but hurt feelings happen sometimes. Here’s to hoping the fans aren’t too vicious to him on December 1 when the two teams meet up in Tennessee.

  1. millertime30 - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Poile should’ve traded him when he had the chance.. better to get something in return than to just watch him bolt.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:22 AM

      Which he had done numerous other times

      • scionofflame - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:02 PM

        Numerous? He’s only let one other big ‘UFA’ guy go the way Suter has. It’s not a thing he does often.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        That’s what I was saying. Poile is known for trading UFA negotiating rights

  2. prov1x - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    He won’t get a warm welcome.

  3. sportsfreak13 - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    How many times have we heard coaches and GM’s say its a business when they have to release, cut, trade a player? Well to all you predator fans out there mad at sutter remember its still a business, just so happens the player held all the cards in this scenerio and it didnt end how you would like.

    • polegojim - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      Exactly – Suter made his deal and Poile is acting childishly.

      Guys like Suter and Parise bolt for 1) money 2) best op to win. Pred don’t have both for 2012-13.

      • scionofflame - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:42 AM

        Poile isn’t acting childishly. He had one or two short interviews in the first day of the trade where he expressed (completely understandable) disappointment.

        Suter held up our trade plans, and some key guys went off the market while he waited. It sucked. So it did hurt us. Doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the right to do what he wanted, and he did.

        Hockey goes deeper than you think in the Nashville area, and when a player leaves like that, feelings are gonna be hurt. If the same situation happened in your town, you’d feel the same way. So relax. We’ve moved on.

      • lordfletcher - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:31 AM

        Every GM will tell you this is a business and they should never take anything that happens personally, whether that is between GM and player or GM and GM… The fans can take this however they want, they couldn’t control anything that happened here… but as for GM’s, the game of hockey isn’t a game, it’s a business, their business. Poile is acting like a girl and is making his club look worse to future players (free agents) or current roster players looking to re-sign.

      • gekkoguy82 - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:08 AM

        It will be very interesting to see how the “best opportunity to win” part of the argument shakes out. I guess the deal could pay off in spades, or they’ll just play like they have in the past but with a bigger payroll. Not sure which is more likely.

        Personally, I think it’s refreshing to see a GM act like a human being . Obviously Poile will move on, he knows it’s a business. Anyone who thinks he doesn’t know that is foolish. I’m not sure why it’s such a big deal that he wears his emotions on his sleeve in this situation. For my part, I think it’s kind of nice to not get a canned response.

      • lordfletcher - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:25 AM

        @gekkoguy82

        I would agree with you if Poile said something other than

        “this isn’t what we talked about last November with his agent” – something along those lines…

        last November, come on now! Look at the response Lou said over losing Parise, class act!

  4. ron05342 - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Players are so full of sh*t when it comes to these types of explanations. If he really wanted it to work in Nashville, as he says, then why didn’t he sign there? My understanding is he would have gotten the same amount of money, so why not? It is clear to anyone paying attention this was something he and Parise had been planning for a while and it didn’t “just come together that morning.”

    What a bunch of horsesh*t.

    • vshehane - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      I hope he enjoys the Christmas elf costume he will be wearing.

      • lordfletcher - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:39 AM

        @Vshehane

        as I agree our Wild home sweaters are nothing short of terrible (whites), I can promise you that they will be phased within the next 5 years for a Cream / Wheat or straight white in a reverse color scheme of our alternate green sweaters (which are very nice) …. the reds are okay. some like them, some don’t, meh.

        I am glad Suter decided to come to MN and not worry about a jersey he will have to wear 20 times a year, pffff!

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:54 AM

      I completely agree.
      With all the media training the guys get, every player tells exactly the same, “all the right things”. It’s becoming tiring/boring.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      Would you rather him say….
      “I don’t think Nashville is going anywhere”
      “I don’t think Weber is re-signing”
      “I don’t think Nashville is a good hockey market”

      None of these potential truths help the Preds and in fact giving the text-book lines of garbage might actually be doing Nashville a favour.

  5. vshehane - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    He makes his return to Nashville on December 1 and you can bet I will be there to give him a big welcome back but it won’t be what he is expecting. Fans will be very unforgiving. He has no character.

    • lordfletcher - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:34 AM

      okay tough guy

      • vshehane - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:49 AM

        I am not a guy,sissy girl.

    • paperlions - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      If a guy played hard for your team when he was there, and he leaves via FA (especially to play in his home town), and you boo him when he returns as a visitor, you are not a good hockey fan.

      I’m not saying you have to root for the guy, but there is no reason to boo a guy that did everything he could when he played for your team. That is being childish.

      • vshehane - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:08 PM

        Since you don’t know anything about me I don’t think you are in a position to judge how good a fan I am. It is not that he left, it was how he held the team hostage all year. Also, you know very little about how much he gave as a player. As I long time season ticket holder I can tell you, he did not always give all he could.

      • hagigun - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM

        Well “vshehane”, you can boo all you want and say that he didn’t always give his all…but then why would you want him to sign back in Nashville!?

        You see, all these people say that “Suter wasn’t that good anyway..” Well then why all the hullabaloo? Why are people so angry about it?!?

        I guess the volume of the “boos” will just be speaking to how much everyone in Nashville is missing him. I think a bigger statement if he really wasn’t all that good would be silence. No boos, no cheers, just a “We don’t notice you.”

        That might work until my Wild walk out 3-1 victors! (Hey only 3 goals because Pekka is still awesome!)

    • lordfletcher - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      so you’re a puck bunny?

      “you can bet I will be there to give him a big welcome back but it won’t be what he is expecting”

      LOL :)

      • vshehane - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:09 PM

        So if I am a female hockey fan then I am a puck bunny? Could you be more insulting, pig?

      • lordfletcher - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM

        it was a joke.

        take it easy “tough guy”

        again, another joke

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      “no character”
      LOL So So Bitter

      • lordfletcher - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        isn’t it amazing how someone with “no character” could possible be an alternate captain and be a leader at the US team in every rank, U18, WJC, WC, Olympics…. HUH, weird

  6. chad615 - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Suter got way overpaid he is a product of our system. Of course your going to look good playing with Weber and having Pekka backing you up. People are about to find out real quick that he’s not as good as everyone thinks he is. I applaude Poile for letting him go so glad we didn’t break the bank on him.

    • vshehane - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      Those of us who have watched him play for a long time know this. His “great player” status is a product of the media.

      • kitshky - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:57 AM

        Granted, now that I know you’re a southern girl who’s into hockey I’m halfway obliged to agree with your opinions ha … I gotta say I’m not with you on Suter simply being a product of the Preds system.

        How dominant will Suter being without Weber, and vice versa, are two very interesting questions that will be answered this year …but both these guys are All Stars with or without each other.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:54 PM

        “Product of the media” my foot. Did you see how he played in the Olympics, particularly against Canada? Over 31 min of ice time in that game, and led all US d men in ATOI and +/- for the whole tournament. Heck, he tied Toews for the lead with a +9. No Weber there to cover any his flaws, mistakes, or lack of effort. Both guys are stellar players, with or without each other. Just because you have season tickets to the Preds doesn’t mean you’re paying attention.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      You’re glad for Poile “letting him go”

      Offering him basically the same deal and hoping like hell he signs it is…. “letting him go and not breaking the bank on him”?

      You Preds fans are still so upset you’re just yammering garbage that makes no sense.

  7. dkphilly1122 - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    I can’t agree more Chad. As a Flyer’s fan I’m glad we didn’t get him for all that money. Weber is a stud like Pronger was/ is IF he ever comes back. Suter looked good next to Weber like Matt Carle looked good next to Pronger, because Weber and Pronger cleaned there mistakes up. Tampa and Minnesota overpaid for average defenseman. Nashville will be just fine without Suter if they get Weber locked up. Pekka’s a stud goalie who cleaned a ton of mistakes up too.

    • thegrindline - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      I normally do not side with Flyer fans but that is spot on.

      I found this kind of funny:

      Chara, Doughty, Campbell and even the Norris trophy winner Karlsson are going to make less money next year than Suter.

      Carle is going to be paid more than Kronwall, Pronger,Byfuglien, and Yandle.

      Im sorry but Carle is not worth more than Pronger or Kronwall

      Suter sure is hell not worth Chara money

      • lordfletcher - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:22 PM

        Campbell? LOL

        Doughty / Karlsson / Chara weren’t free agents, so taking less money doesn’t apply.

        Weber will be making more than Suter, he will be the highest paid Defenseman if he get’s traded or becomes a UFA

  8. duke3106 - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Suter won’t get a warm welcome by most Preds fans. I know i won’t be giving him one.
    And hockey doesn’t go a lot deeper than you think in Nashville, but that’s why Suter leaving is that much more of a disappointment.

    Suter made request after request while his time with the Predator, be it all for the teams benefit, yes. but, he made these request nonetheless. “Show your committed to winning a cup,” Suter says. Poile goes out and adds four players to our roster at the deadline. Suter wants to be respected and not traded dring the free agency process. David does what Suter asked.

    If i were David Poile i would be just as upset. Yes, it is sports and it happens all of the time, but to a city who received hockey back in ’98 Ryan Suter was our first homegrown Predator. i remember when i was younger and watched Suter get drafted in Nashville on the Bridgestone Arena stage. That is something as a fan you will never forget

    ties to Nashville and misleading David, this is why the Suter loss hurts more. We still have a great team with the best goaltender in hockey

    • duke3106 - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:32 AM

      *does not doesn’t

    • ray2013 - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      Suter has every right to go play wherever he wants. The players negotiated for that in their CBA. Everyone accepts that.

      But duke raises an important point. Suter wanted Poile to prove commitment, and they went on a trading spree. Suter asks not to be traded, and isn’t. Then Suter walks away and NSH is left with nothing.

      Had he simply said, I don’t intend to re-sign here, they could have gotten something for him. You think of all the teams that went hard for a Cup; someone would have paid for Suter. A player, a prospect, a pick…who knows what the price would have been.

  9. malkinrulez - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Suter is a product of Univ. of wisconsin, also known as d-man u, Ryan suter,Ryan mcdonagh, jake Gardiner,Brendan smith, Justin schultz. He will be just fine in minnesota.

  10. purpleguy - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    I wouldn’t blame Preds fans for booing the hell out of Suter — it’s what fans have done to departed FA’s in any sport since FA came into place. And loyalty schmoyalty, the kid wanted to come closer to home and play with a buddy on a team with lots of young prospects. Any Pred fan that thinks the team and Nashville should take precedence over family has been drinking a bit too much moonshine.

  11. chad615 - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Gekko guy aka Andrew I couldn’t agree more!

  12. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    All you buffoons who keep saying “product of system, Weber, “average player” (LMAO at that last one)
    when referring to Suter.

    Who was carrying him for the US program? And again for the Badgers?
    Carried him all the way to being 7th overall pick in his draft class.

    Yup massive shocker he has been able to fool so so many world class GM’s in the worlds best hockey league. Been fooling these morons like Holland, Poile, Homer and others into offering him millions.

  13. chad615 - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    We will see I watched him play for years he is an average player playing with the best dman in the league (weber) and a top 3 goalie. I can’t wait to laugh at the wild this year suter is not going to be the same player now that he got payed. He always had a lazy streak and a soft side especially when Weber was out now you’ll see what we all did just magnified even more. Suter won’t be the player you think he is!

    • lordfletcher - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      You have been watching him for years but I guarantee you cant decphier defenceman play, because Suter is a top dman.

      saying otherwise is laughable. Lazy streak does not apply, he is a smooth skater with break out pass abilites. He does not have a physical game but that doesn’t matter with his game.

      Suter is the player we think he is and every GM in the league, plus managers around the world

      Get your head out of your butt and stop being a homer. Suter is a top 6 defenseman

  14. chad615 - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    I can’t wait to laugh at Suter and the Wild spending all that money and they still won’t make the playoffs. Suter will check out and cruise for the rest of his career he has never been a tough guy shying away from contact will all that money he will sit back and play even softer.

    • spiciercheez - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      wahh wahh you lost a player, suck it up and move on.

  15. luvmnsports2012 - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Just wanted to say for all the haters out there…good for the Wild, who most would say is a mid to small market team to go out and get the best 2 FAs out there and put the money up to shut people up. the negative ones were sayin how they would never come here and how they would fit in well with there club, but now they say there not elite player just because they chose MN, THE STATE OF HOCKEY….see u at the top suckers!!!

  16. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Joe Y
    If you were going for a Purple Rain reference with “didn’t mean to cause any pain”
    Bravo sir

  17. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    What’s kind of funny we are gonna have this discussion again next July, and in the tradition of the Wild making big moves on the 4th (Heatley last year and Parise/Suter this year), Suter calls Shea Weber and he too signs a 13 year 98 million dollar deal to be Suter’s line mate. When you have 15 million to spend, you can buy him too.

    • lordfletcher - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      As much as I would love to have Weber on this team, it will never happen. With Brodin / Dumba / Scandella, others in the ranks, you have to see what you have there before you invest another top contract in a defenseman, pending this is a deadline deal….

      When “we” already have big money invested in Parise / Suter / Koivu, it makes too much sense to leave a nice chunk of change for the prospects once they develop.

      Also, the new CBA will prevent any deals over 10 years, so Weber would have to take a 7 year deal (most likely) with whom ever he signs, so I am guessing the cap hit will be closer to $8.5-9 million, if he hits free agency and or sign ‘n’ trade.

      Weber most likely will not be staying in Nashville, the writing is almost on the wall… Poile will be forced to trade him if they are not in the playoff race by the deadline.

  18. chad615 - Jul 12, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    The wild suck and always will have fun not making the playoffs again

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