Originally posted on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 5/31/12
Ryan Suter is a really happy man today. Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement in Detroit puts the Red Wings on the market for a No. 1 defenseman.That perennial contender can pay top dollar for such a commodity, given all the money coming off its books. Their spending budget will exceed $20 million. The already high market for Suter, a pending unrestricted free agent for Nashville, just got much higher. Nashville wants to keep him, but how?“We've got cap space,” general manager Ken Holland reminded reporters a few months back. “We're obviously going to be involved more actively in the unrestricted free agent market than we have been the last couple years.”Detroit has a decent returning defensive corps with Niklas Kronwall, Ian White, Jonathan Ericsson and Jakub Kindl. Prospect Brendan Smith could be ready to graduate to the NHL and the Wings acquired Kyle Quincey last season. Quincey is a restricted free agent and the Wings want to keep him.But Suter would the perfect addition for the Red Wings. While he isn't quite Lidstrom, he plays a very similar style. He could move the puck at even strength and help run the power play. He tops a potential free agent class that includes Dennis Wideman, Filip Kuba and Matt CarleAnother possible Detroit target is potential free agent Justin Schultz, a University of Wisconsin defenseman drafted by the Ducks. If Anaheim doesn’t buck up for him, the bidding will be intense.
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