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Without a doubt, one of the most anticipated moments of this shortened NHL season has been Ryan Suter’s return to Bridgestone Arena on Saturday night.
During the offseason, Suter signed a 13-year , $98 million contract with the Minnesota Wild after several days of deliberation. While the Predators reportedly made a similar long-term offer, Suter took the contract with Minnesota for what he deemed as “family” reasons.
Suter has the unique perspective of not only playing 9 seasons with the Predators – he was also drafted in the first round by Nashville in the very building in which he is playing tonight.
“I’m excited,” Suter said. “I get to come back here and play in front of the fans that I started playing in front of. It’s just mixed emotions, obviously. I’m excited to be with (Minnesota) and I’m also excited to see the fans and some of these guys on (Nashville).”
Suter’s signing in Minnesota – like many situations in which free agents sign with other teams – was met with much venom from the Predators’ fanbase. In addition, Predators General Manager David Poile publicly expressed his disappointment with Suter’s decision.
When he takes the ice, Suter seems to grasp the idea that the reception to his return might be less than positive.
“I think it will be kind of a mixed bag” Suter said. “Some fans understand. Obviously, some fans don’t. That’s their right. They can cheer or boo or do whatever. I’m not focused on that. I’m focused on coming out and playing hard and trying to play the game the right way.”
Regardless of the reception he receives, Suter is positive about his time in Nashville. During his 7 seasons with the Predators, he played in 542 games, was a part of the team’s first playoff series victory and made the All Star Game in 2012.
“I have a lot of great memories,” Suter said. “This is all I knew. I had a lot of good years here and a lot of friends. That’s all part of it. I understand. When guys move teams, the fans cheer the team on and you definitely understand that.”
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Ryan Suter remembers his days in Nashville fondly, from being drafted with the seventh overall pick in 2003 at Bridgestone Arena to playing seven seasons and making five playoff appearances with the Predators.
He's fully aware, though, fans won't be relishing the good times he spent in Music City as he takes the ice wearing a Minnesota Wild sweater Saturday night.
SATURDAY'S STORY LINES: The last time Wild defenseman Ryan Suter stepped into the visiting team hotel in Nashville was 2003. The NHL draft was in Nashville that year and a young Suter was there to conduct his team interviews. Suter went on to be drafted seventh overall by the Predators and spent the first seven years of his career with the organization.
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When Ryan Suter returns to Bridgestone Arena on Saturday night as a member of the Minnesota Wild, he’ll be entering the building that served as his home rink for the first seven seasons of his NHL career.
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The Minnesota Wild and with them, Ryan Suter, are coming for the first time this season to Bridgestone Arena for a tilt against the jilted Nashville Predators. This is the game many have been waiting for and a game many have circled in permanent red ink on the calendar. Nashville finally got the spark that Poile was hoping to ignite from the acquisition of...
By: Miranda Martin Miranda@PredneckNation.com Upon Minnesota’s first trip to Nashville this year, it will certainly be an interesting atmosphere at Bridgestone Arena. Of course, the main headline is Ryan Suter’s return to Nashville after deciding to sign with Minnesota in July. So far, the reception of former Predators on Bridgestone ice has been fairly mixed this season. On February 14, ...
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-Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild after playing in Nashville last night. More on the game from Michael Russo of the StarTribune.