Originally written on Fox Sports Tennessee  |  Last updated 11/19/14

DALLAS - OCTOBER 14: Defenseman Ryan Suter #10 of the Nashville Predators at American Airlines Center on October 14, 2009 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
If the reports are accurate and they're coming from reputable sources then Predators free agent defenseman Ryan Suter could receive a contract that would pay him 14 million in each of the next two seasons, a number that would be just 400,000 under the maximum allowed under the NHL's salary cap and which also could make him the highest-paid player in the NHL next season. Let's put that in perspective for a minute. Last season, Preds captain Shea Weber had the highest cap hit of any defenseman in the NHL, as his one-year deal was worth 7.5 million. There were higher-paid defensemen, like Buffalo's Christian Ehrhoff, who earned 10 million, but Ehrhoff's 10-year deal averages 4 million. While Suter ranked third in the NHL last season in average time on ice, 2011-12 was the first time he had ever made the All-Star team. The report of Suter's offers came from TSN's Bob McKenzie, who said that Suter and New Jersey left wing Zach Parise, the top two free agen...
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