The Minnesota Wild's $98 million signing of free agent defenseman Ryan Suter last July has been called a lot of things. Expensive. Transformative. Smart.
But no one had called it a steal until Wednesday when Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz tried to stir up a rivalry with their new Central Division rivals.
"We've got to start new rivalries like us and Minnesota. They stole Ryan Suter so I want to kick their butt plain and simple" Trotz said during an interview with a Nashville radio station.
The Wild and Predators will butt heads often in the new seven-team division that debuts this season. The new rivalry will be joined in Nashville's home opener the season's third game on Oct. 8.
The Predators reportedly offered Suter a mere $90 million last year so he headed north and enjoyed his greatest season as a pro. He was a finalist for the Norris Trophy emblematic of the league's best defenseman and made the All-NHL first team for the first time.
Update: Wrong blog. Oh well.
Ouch. Forbes Michael Ozanian reports that the Minnesota Wild's minority owner ran afoul of the Securities and Exchanges Commission, and as such, he got dinged with a fine larger than Ryan Suter's signing bonus:
Billionaire Philip Falcone will not have to go to the penalty box, but he and his hedge fund, Harbinger Capital Partners, will...