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The Rangers top four defensemen are certainly the envy of the conference and most likely won’t change before the season opener. With that said, there is always a chance Sather makes a move for a Nash, or Bobby Ryan, etc. If such a trade were to be made, one of those four would likely have to head in the other direction. It’s not a move I would make, but it is still within the realm of possibility.
The fallout of said trade would require additional moves or signings, which leads us to UFA Ryan Suter. The 27 year old offensive defensemen is coming off a 4 year, $14m deal ($3.5m cap hit) and is taking his first crack at unrestricted free agency. Whether or not the Rangers would make an offer he can’t refuse remains to be seen, but as providers of opinions and analysis we’ll happily do our due diligence.
Suter entered the league following the lockout in 2005-06 and put up 1g and 16pts in 71 games. Since that time he has scored between 4-7 goals and 30-45 pts per season. Not too shabby. What separates Suter from other available defensemen are his wheels. Suter is very mobile and could conceivably fit perfectly into the Blueshirt’s aggressive system.
Torts requires all of his defensemen to be strong skaters, as they are needed to join the rush, frequently pinch, and backcheck like hell when their defensive partner goes in on the forecheck. It’s kind of why the Mara’s, McCabe’s, and Rozi’s never quite panned out. Suter wouldn’t have that issue.
From an advanced stat perspective, Suter’s corsi numbers (which measure puck possession based on shot attempts) are all strong, despite having sub 50% offensive zone starts (faceoffs only) and facing top competition. These numbers aren’t the be all and end all, but they certainly don’t jive with observational analysis.
It’s not a fault in his game, but he is a pass first defensemen and not the bomber from the point we’d all prefer. Weber is that guy and was clearly the d-man who was fed on Nashville’s blueline. Point in case, Weber had 143 shots on net last season, 72 of them slap shots, while Suter had 85 shots and only 22 slappers.
In my opinion, the Rangers don’t need any more pass first players, not on offense, and certainly not on defense. Our team has shown the ability to create scoring chances. Our lack of converting those chances is the real problem. I don’t think Suter helps us in that regard.
The top offensive defensemen in this league, who were signed during unrestricted free agency, make north of $5m per season. I doubt Suter’s contract will be much different, so long as it’s not one of those decade+ contracts.
Keep in mind, as a 23 year old Suter scored 7 goals and 31 points in his third season in the NHL. Michael Del Zotto just scored 10 goals and 41 points in his third season in the league at the ripe old age of 21. Tell me again why people refer to him as Del Zaster? Yeah, thought so. The fact of the matter is MDZ scored roughly the same amount of points as Suter and will likely do the same next season for a fraction of the cost.
The Final Word:
Everything out of the media suggests that Suter will ultimately end up in Detroit to fill the skates of the recently retired Lidstrom and Rafalski. Minnesota is also supposedly looking to spend money on the blueline this summer and of course he could always return to Nashville. Either way, rumors are swirling that he’s looking to stay in the Western Conference.
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Perhaps Ryan Suter is open to playing in the Eastern Conference after all. It's anyone's guess at this point where the 27-year-old defenseman will end up before the start of next season, but he apparently hasn't hammered out a list of potential teams just yet. Suter's agent, Neil Sheehy, has refuted a report that stated that Suter presented the Predators with a list...
Sigh. As Bill pointed out—and yes, with the Chief thankfully back stateside after his world tour, Red Wings fans and other KK readers can expect some dueling banjos over the next couple weeks—Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia’s Tim Panaccio posited one of those “reports” that both exites us and kinda makes me Cringe:
While there are a number of logical reasons why the Flyers...
A couple of weeks back it was reported that impending free agent defenseman Ryan Suter would meet with the Nashville front office in hopes of getting a contract extension.
That meeting came and went and according to the Josh Cooper of the Tennessean, Nashville GM David Poile is losing confidence as to whether the two sides can come together on a new deal before NHL free agency begins...
Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter seems resolute about exploring unrestricted free agency.He knows he would attract massive offers from Stanley Cup contenders – most notably the Detroit Red Wings, a team with a major hole to fill in the wake of Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement.But Predators general manager David Poile won’t turn the page on Suter. He is letting his other...
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If a report out of Philadelphia is true, the Detroit Red Wings' chances at landing restricted free agent Ryan Suter are getting better and better. Continue reading →
As we’ve descended into the land of spurious rumors, Red Wings GM Ken Holland hasn’t exactly been puffing out his chest and making grand promises about free agent signings to be, having only really offered some understated remarks about the team’s future on NHL Live recently.
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Until they re-sign with their current teams or move on, soon-to-be unrestricted free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter will be linked together, apart, with every team in the NHL and maybe even...
One week from tomorrow is the NHL Entry Draft. By then - Ryan Suter's right may or may not be traded to a team he may or may not sign with. Since July 1st is a Sunday this year - we should have no problem bringing you the hour-by-hour coverage that we've done here at NOHS over the past few years...it should be an interesting day (and yes, I know we say that every year...
I hate following this sort of thing early on in the process, but Smashville 24/7’s Ryan Porth and the Tennessean’s Joshua Cooper noted the following from Predators GM David Poile, who was speaking to reporters on a conference call after trading Anders Lindback to Tampa Bay:
Poile believes [Ryan] Suter will test the market
Poile says its unlikely he trades Suter’s rights...
Not only does David Poile have no plans to deal Suter, he believes the highly-coveted defenseman has his mind made up to test the free-agent market: Continue reading →
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants, I got a few tweets last night asking if the Wild may trade for Ryan Suter’s rights now that it’s out there that he’s supplied a list of teams to the Nashville Predators that he’s willing to have his rights traded to.
I never saw those reports, so I gave Suter’s agent, Neil Sheehy, a call and he denied them, saying it’s “100 percent...
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It will come as no shock as to who amongst the RFA’s and UFA’s in defense and goaltending Nashville needs to sign…and quickly. Ryan Suter and Shea Weber are the cornerstones of the Nashville Predators and along with Pekka Rinne make up the “Big Three.” Suter has declared that he will not go to the Eastern Conference spurring rumors that...
Listen to Predators NOW! as I talked with Dan Bradley from Predlines as we discussed the breaking news of Anders Lindback being traded to Tampa Bay, Ryan Suter, Alexander Radulov and much more.You can listen to the show on this post, or you can download the show on this page here.