Found April 23, 2012 on Fox Sports Tennessee:
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If the Nashville Predators spent the last 13 seasons chasing the Detroit Red Wings which they did what does it mean now that they have finally caught them? More specifically, what does it mean to their efforts to try and re-sign All-Star defenseman Ryan Suter and what does the series victory mean to Suter? In exactly two months and one week Suter will hit the open market if the Preds have not re-signed him. With Nashville awaiting its opponent in the Western Conference Quarterfinals either Chicago or Phoenix after eliminating the Red Wings in five games, Suter ranks seventh in the playoffs in average time on ice per game at 27:42 and was a huge part of that effort. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock referred to him as one of the Preds' three "franchise" players, along with fellow All-Star defenseman Shea Weber and goalie Pekka Rinne, after the final game. It seems that the central conversation to the contract negotiation with Suter has not been dollars and cents but m...
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