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The Nashville Predators have lost All-Star defenseman Ryan Suter to a fellow Western Conference team, as the 27-year-old reportedly has agreed to a 13-year, 98-million contract with the Minnesota Wild, owned by the man who once ushered the Predators into the NHL in 1998, Craig Leipold.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune first reported the news, which was confirmed by multiple other outlets. Suter, a native of Wisconsin whose wife is from Minnesota and would enjoy the low-key sensibilities of playing in the so-called "State of Hockey," reportedly will join former New Jersey left wing and captain Zach Parise, a Minnesota native, in the Twin Cities.
The Wild's official Twitter address confirmed the news at about 11:40 Central Time. ESPN.com reported that Parise and Suter agreed to the identical deals, which will carry 7.5-million cap hits.
Predators general manager David Poile said in a conference call that he learned the news from Suter. Poile said he told Suter, "I don't know why you're not re-signing with us and he told us it was for family reasons," Poile said. "That's where the disappointing part comes in.... I can't fight that or I can't argue with that. The disappointing part was that that was not what we talked about all year long. It's very, very disappointing."
The players were the two biggest prizes on the free-agent market and Minnesota got them both. The Tennessean reported, citing an anonymous source, that the Preds' top offer was 13 years and 90 million -- a staggering sum for a player who is coming off a career season in which he ranked third in the NHL in average time on ice and finished eighth in the balloting for the Norris Trophy, which is given to the NHL's top defenseman. Last season was Suter's first as an All-Star.
By comparison, Predators captain Shea Weber, a restricted free agent whose agent has said he wanted to wait for Suter to sign first before negotiating with the Predators, has finished as the runner-up for the Norris each of the last two seasons. Last season Weber played under a one-year contract worth 7.5 million.
The Predators now have a major hole to fill on their top defense pair but have numerous options and plenty of cap room. Suter, drafted seventh overall in 2007 at the NHL Draft in Nashville, earned 3.5 million each of the last four seasons.
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Independence Day is a time for celebrating the United States with BBQ and family. Nashville’s prized unrestricted free agent, Ryan Suter, made a statement of just how important family is when he announced that he had signed a 13-year deal with the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. Suter said goodbye to the Predators after 9 years in the organization.
Nashville’s General Manager David...
According to Ryan Suter's agent, Neil Sheehy, there will be no decision tonight. The waiting game continues...
The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with top free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
Parise leaves the New Jersey Devils, while Suter leaves the Nashville Predators to join the Wild.
Each player agreed to a 13-year contract, the team said Wednesday. Terms were not immediately announced.
Parise spent seven seasons with the Devils, helping them reach the Stanley Cup finals this...
Zach Parise and Ryan Suter may have finally signed on Wednesday, but that doesn't mean free agency is over. On contrary, those signings should mean even more activity is on the way, as the teams that lost out on the top two players on the market will now be scrambling to salvage something from the next tier of free agents. That won't be easy though, as those pickings are...
The class of the 2012 free agent class is Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. They are both all star capable players who are young enough to remain in their primes. Teams have been chasing them since free agency opened up on Sunday. Today we learn they are both headed to Minnesota. Both players signed 13 year deals worth a total of $98 million. This gives them a salary cap hit...
The Minnesota Wild has had a very productive Fourth of July to say the least.
The Wild has agreed to terms with two of the top free agents in this year's NHL free agent pool. Former New Jersey Devils winger Zach Parise and former Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter both agreed to sign 13 year, $98 million contracts.
Parise, a Minnesota native, spurned the Devils among...
Wednesday was a very frustrating day for Wings fans all over as it was announced that the Minnesota Wild of all teams made the biggest free agent splash by winning the Zach Parise/Ryan Suter sweepstakes.
The Wild, who have pretty much been the definition of mediocre in the National Hockey League broke the bank by signing both players to 13 year contracts worth $98 million dollars...
Matt Carle is a nice Dman.
Is he 6 years and $5.5 million "nice"?
Thanks to Ryan Suter signing for a king's ransom, the value for puck moving D has been blown through the roof.
Anything Matt Carle can do, Andrej Sekera can do better.
Thats why 've been advocating that Buffalo ship out Reggie for a scorer. ASAP!
ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild have won the free-agent sweepstakes.
On a franchise-altering day, several media outlets have confirmed the story first reported by Michael Russo of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, that forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter have each agreed to terms on 13-year contracts with Minnesota, ending the four-day long wait on the two biggest free...
The Minnesota Wild were hoping they could land just one of the top two free agents on the market this season, with many believing that they had a real solid shot at winger Zach Parise, since he is from Minneapolis. They also took a stab at landing defensemen Ryan Suter, but opinions weren’t as strong [...]
Neil Sheehy on Ryan Suter: There will be no decision tonight and there is no timetable for his contract signing at this time (cond) #mnwild— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) July 2, 2012
(cond Sheehy): “Ryan is considering his opportunities and is taking the necessary time to give each proper consideration.” #mnwild— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) July 2, 2012
Not only did the Detroit Red Wings visit with UFA defenseman Ryan Suter today, so did the Minnesota Wild.
The Malik Report has been on this story for about the last 4 hours and has all the details.
For his sake, I hope the travel is complete.
The NHL's free agent frenzy has rolled on as usual this summer. Some 78 new contracts had been handed out in the first three days since the signing period began on July 1, and the biggest deals have not even gone down with Zach Parise and Ryan Suter still weighing multiple offers higher than the GNPs of some small countries. On the surface, it's business as usual in the NHL...
At PredneckNation.com we have put together some of the latest links to get you up to date on the Ryan Suter and Zach Parise sweepstakes…
The Associated Press - Ryan Suter’s agent doesn’t expect a quick decision
ESPN News Service - Ryan Suter, Zach Parise field offers
Sporting News - Zach Parise and Ryan Suter: Who, when and for how much?
Bleacher Report - 2012 NHL Free...