Found July 04, 2012 on
Detroit Red Wings
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 Poile sounded frustrated and angry when he spoke to the media shortly after the announcement was officially made.
“I was looking at all my notes yesterday. Ryan said, when I had a meeting with him in November, he said I’m not going anymore, he is signing with the Nashville Predators. It’s a quote,” Poile said.
It is a familiar feeling for Predators fans to lose talent to the free market. In the past, Nashville let go of players like Scott Hartnell and Dan Hamhuis because the organization was unable to pay what other teams were willing to shell out for their services. But this year was different.
According to The Tennessean, Nashville had the money and offered Suter a 13-year, $90 million contract. He signed with the Wild for $98 million. Poile was told that Suter was leaving for family reasons.
“I can’t argue with that. The disappointing part is that that isn’t what we talked about all year long. I met Ryan’s criteria,” Poile said.
Suter talked about playing for a team that was competitive and could win the Stanley Cup. Poile went all-in to make sure that the Predators were in a position to do just that.
Poile didn’t trade Suter’s rights before the draft because he was “staying loyal” to the All-Star defenseman. Poile believed that because he had done everything Suter had asked, he would lock-up the Wisconsin native to a long-term deal.
Why shouldn’t he have thought that? After all, Poile traded Blake Geoffrion to secure veteran defenseman Hal Gill. Nashville gave up their first round draft pick to get a face-off specialist in Paul Gaustad. Poile brought in the services of Andrei Kostitsyn and allowed Alexander Radulov to burn the final year of his contract with the Predators for added scoring potential – all to show Suter that the Predators were committed to winning.
After meeting so many times, Poile says somewhere in between 20 and 40 such occasions, it seems reasonable for a general manager to think a pending unrestricted free agent might mention that location mattered.
Nashville was not given the opportunity by Suter to make a counter offer. Suter’s mind was made up when he notified the Predators of his decision.
Now, Poile must turn his attention to replacing Suter and getting Captain Shea Weber signed to a long-term deal.
It is possible, however, that Weber is not going to sign long-term with the Predators. After seeing the money thrown at Suter, Weber knows he will be in for a similar, if not bigger, payday.
When asked about Weber, Poile said he knows Weber likes Nashville and Weber knows that Poile wants to retain his services… but Poile said the same thing about Suter, too.
Poile admits that signing Weber long term would have been easier had Suter agreed to a deal. If Weber is not locked in long term by the end of the summer, trading the two-time Norris finalist may be Poile’s only option moving forward. If Weber only signed on for one year, the Predators could lose another talent and get nothing in return.
After Jordin Tootoo turned down a deal from the Predators and signed with Detroit, and now with Suter leaving, it could be a very bumpy summer for Predators fans. All eyes now turn to Weber.
But Poile believes in the process.
“It’s a team sport, and we will find a way.”
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
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 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 [...]
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...
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
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...
CBC's Elliotte Friedman and Section 303's Jeremy Gover join us to discuss the departure of Ryan Suter and what it means for Shea Weber...