#6: Suter misleads the franchise, signs with Minnesota
In the #7 moment, we talked about how David Poile is as conservative as they come. With that personality comes a demeanor that’s relatively laid back and certainly even-keel. You rarely see Poile show emotion at any juncture.
Enter Ryan Suter.
While he hadn’t put pen to paper, the Madison, Wisconsin native continuously told Poile and the Preds that he would be back. That he wanted to stay in Nashville. That he had no intention of leaving. Most thought the only reason he hadn’t re-signed was because he and his agent, Neil Sheehy, wanted to see what his value was on the open market. Poile would even say later on that the two had an agreement, that Nashville would get a chance to match whatever offer he accepted.
But that “right to match” never came. Suter told Poile on the morning of July 4, 2012, that he was going to sign a 13-year deal worth $98 million with the Minnesota Wild ”due to family reasons.”
“(Suter) told me today that...