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Suter: First game vs. Nashville “wasn’t that big of a deal”

Jan 23, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT

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On Tuesday, Ryan Suter faced his former club, the Nashville Predators, for the first time since his blockbuster move to Minnesota.

While some were predicting the game to be a noteworthy affair, Suter said there wasn’t much too it.

“It wasn’t that big of a deal,” Suter told The Tennessean after Nashville’s 3-1 win. “Obviously the media makes it more than it is. I still have friends over there, but I still have friends on a lot of teams, and you have to go out and play hard against them.

“Unfortunately, they were the better team tonight.”

The talented blueliner spent the first eight years of his NHL career with the Predators, appearing in over 500 games while serving as an alternate captain.

His decision to leave the club affected a number of people, none more than GM David Poile, who was quite emotional in the days following Suter’s decision to leave.

“Ryan had said when we had a meeting in November with he and (agent) Neil Sheehy, he said at the time that he is not going anywhere else, he is signing with the Nashville Predators,” Poile explained at the time. “We did not get a chance to make a counter-offer or anything like that.

“He did not want that.”

Poile also scoffed at the idea Suter was leaving the Preds because they were in a non-traditional hockey market.

“Whether this franchise is in Timbuktu, the one point of not choosing to stay and play with Shea Weber, I will never, ever understand that,” Poile said in July.

Though Poile and Suter have since patched things up, it was still interesting to hear Suter say Tuesday’s game “wasn’t that big of a deal,” especially after what he told the Pioneer Press prior to the contest.

“It’ll be a tough game (after) being there for the last eight years. Lot of friendships over there,” he explained. “Looking forward to competing against them. Just looking forward for it to be over with. It’s tough to play against them, but it’s part of professional sports.

“You have to balance that.”

  1. steelers88 - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Yeah sure.

  2. vshehane - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    LOL, nope not a big deal at all. Suter won’t be the shining star without Weber. We knew that all along.

    • lordfletcher - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      You constantly post hate on Suter as if he was Weber’s doll…. Your hockey IQ is miniscule and you can’t comprehend team defense at all. Weber relied equally on Suter and Suter did on Weber. Both complemented each others style very well. I see Weber is off to a hot start without his buddy. You are way too much in love with his size and shot. Don’t forget Weber signed that deal to leave Nashville, not because it was a top contract. Wake up.

      All of that said, Suter didn’t play well last night and it was the worst of his 3 game career in MN, oh darn. Weber was equal to Suters play, but was more of a ghost… Hat off to the Preds for riding the Wilds storm in the first 10 mins of the game. After the Wilds goal, the Preds got their legs back and played much better. It was an even game till Backstrom fumbled it away, this had the makings of another shootout for Nashville.

      • vshehane - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        You want a little cheese with that whine? I have watched Suter his entire career, just wait and see.

      • lordfletcher - Jan 23, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        For a second there was expecting a reply with some shred of hockey sense but all you have is “I have watched Suter his entire career, just wait and see.”…. Is your next answer going to be that you have been a season ticket holder for (x) years. That usually is your go to material.

        You’re right, I should believe you and your overwhelming hockey wisdom over each of Suter’s coaches (college / NHL / Team USA ) and anyone that ranks him as a top 5 or 10 defenseman, which is almost everyone in the game.

      • bellicosejeff - Jan 23, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        Fletch, Weber signed that deal to leave Nashville? Well….it didn’t work! If Weber REALLY wanted out he is either the dumbest person alive or has the dumbest agents alive. Either one I don’t see being true. Poile (as well as every GM) doesn’t want players that don’t want to play for his team. Weber could have easily requested a trade, and Poile would have gotten a GREAT return no doubt. Weber was willing to sign a matching deal (for less than he gets now) had Suter stayed, he didn’t, so Shea said if I can’t play with Suter I’m gonna get paid. He knows Poile does NOT do cap circumventing mega deals. Weber wanted one, he picked a team he would like to play for IF Nashville didn’t match. You don’t chance locking yourself into a team for 14 YEARS if you want out. Especially when your GM and owners said they would match any offer sheet put in on you. Again, if he really wanted out, he’s not very smart because he’s going nowhere now.

        There have been many RFA’s that have used the offer sheet to get the money they wanted yet remained with their original teams. This is no different, it’s business. So please STOP with the Weber wanted out crap. He wanted MONEY, gold or orange, doesn’t matter what color the jersey is. GREEN is the color he really wanted.

      • vshehane - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:44 PM

        Your verboseness and personal attacks add nothing to your credibilty. Quite the opposite. Good luck with your expensive boy. Time will tell.

  3. janiesmom - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Can’t wait for the “that’s not what I meant” retraction.

  4. illogic87 - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Well I hope he starts playing better. I know its still early, but hes looked like poop the last three games.

    • lordfletcher - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      since Suter’s arrival
      Time of attack has increased
      Team Shots (also credit Parise)
      shots against decreased

      There is more to his game than what meets the eye. Suter is crucial to our defense and once Brodin is paired with him, lights out! Spurgeon hasn’t played well at all so far, Suter can’t carry the load. What Suter hasn’t done well with so far is get his soft wrister thru the blocking forwards. He needs to place his shot better, which will turn around soon. I am willing to bet against Detroit on Friday. Look for him to respond

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      New team, new system, new partner on D, not shocked at all that he’s off to a slow start. Suter wasn’t a top 10 pick because he had Weber to partner with, I would have little doubt that by mid season he’s playing well.

    • elrock7 - Jan 23, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      No big deal just another couple hundred grand for a nights work.

      Anyway Suter and Webers contracts are so long that they will probably be playing on the same teams as their grandchildren.

  5. porkchopexpress1969 - Jan 23, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Its funny listening to Wes Walls on Kfan, he think Suter is the next Lidstrom! lol. He’s not even close. lol

    • lordfletcher - Jan 23, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      he is payed to drink the Kool-aid and no one is the next Lidstrom.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 23, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        They broke the mold, burnt the blueprints and took an oath never to speak of it again after they made Lidstrom

  6. bellicosejeff - Jan 23, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Preds fan here, I have no hard feelings towards Suter anymore. After reading in a story that he went to Minnesota for family reasons, I’ve cooled out. Particularly the part where he said it’s important that his kids can grow up near where he did and around family. Can’t fault the man for that.

    However, now that I’ve said that. Suter back tracking about what he said in the press has become more frequent recently it seems. Here he’s saying it wasn’t a big deal to play us after saying earlier it WAS a big deal to play his former team. Hmmm, well which is it? In an interview during last season he said to the press “I want to be here (Nashville), a deal will get done.” He even told Poile he wasn’t going anywhere. NOPE. Also, when he ripped his new/old owner this offseason, he back tracked a few days later. WHAT’S HAPPENING TO YOU SUTER?!?! Haha!!!

    A word of advice for Suter going forward. Don’t say stuff to your boss or to the press that you don’t actually mean. When you don’t follow through or back track it kind of pisses people off and/or makes you look unreliable. Love ya Suter, just offering some helpful advice.

    Hey, best of luck to Suter and the Wild this season!

  7. sgulasch - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    @lordfletcher As a huge Wild fan I like your enthusiasm with the squad but when you make comments with words like we and us you just lose all credibility in what you are trying to say. Over zealous fans are just troll food on the internet. Try to separate yourself from the team and have a smudge of objectivity. At that point you might actually convince someone that you know what you are talking about. It is obvious you follow this team and the league. looking forward to the wild but Minnesota fans should always prepare for the worst.

    • lordfletcher - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      I don’t often use that verbiage, if so it’s by accident and I am more than aware that I do not lace up the skates with the Wild every other night. I am a fan, not a player, owner, or in any other way affiliated with them outside of living in this state…. I have been very real on what I think this team can do, should do, and will do. If this is one of the first posts you have seen me make, then you are getting a very aggressive taste of my replies. I have been posting here since the beginning and like to comment whenever the girl from Nashville “LOL’s” Suter. it’s just old fashioned internet fun (no one should take it personal and I highly doubt they do)

      Thanks for trolling with me :) an Go Wild :D

  8. prov1x - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    He’s a good d-man, not great. Not the greatest in the locker room either. Could count on him to get run over once a game. Hope that happens when they play in Nashville. He won’t get a warm welcome like Kimmo and Hartsy did.

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