Originally written on Fox Sports Tennessee  |  Last updated 7/1/12

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 agents on the market, each were ...
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