Originally written on Red Light District Hockey  |  Last updated 11/9/14

DENVER - NOVEMBER 25: Ryan Suter #20 of the Nashville Predators skates during the game against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on November 25, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

NASHVILLE – There is a long time between now and the free agent frenzy. Things can change in a heartbeat. But if you had to judge by Ryan Suter’s tone last night as to whether he’d re-sign with the Predators or not, it’s hard picturing him not testing free agency when July 1st rolls around.

Dating back to the All-Star Game in January, Suter, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this off-season, has been reluctant to talk publicly about his contract situation. After most of the players had talked to the media during today’s locker room clean out, Suter waited for TV cameras to leave to speak with reporters.
Suter was a bit subdued, likely due to the disappointment of being eliminated from the playoffs just 48 hours ago. But he didn’t go out of his way to offer optimism that he would be re-signing with the Predators, the only franchise he’s ever own since being drafted in 2003 – in Nashville, no less.
“I haven’t had time to really sit back and talk with my family and figure out what we want to do,” Suter said. “Your emotions are so high throughout the year and you try not to have any distractions and you’re so focused. Now that the year is over you just want to get away from everything and wind down.”
Many factors will go into Suter’s decision, one that could determine where he and his family will live for the next 8-10 years. He is 27 years old and entering the prime of his career. If he hits the open market this summer, he would be the best defenseman available and many teams would be lining up at his door for his services.
“Wherever I sign I want to be there for the rest of my career, and that affects my family, my wife, my kid – everything plays into it,” Suter said.
Hockey people believe Suter wants to be the clear-cut No. 1 defenseman on a different team instead of continuing to play second fiddle alongside Shea Weber. Suter didn’t seem to agree with that assumption.
“Obviously he’s a great player,” Suter said of Weber. “I enjoy playing with him and would love to play with him wherever that would be.”
Suter also mentioned that he did have a meeting with Predators GM David Poile yesterday morning.
“We talked about everything and the future and how everything will go,” Suter said of the meeting. “I think we’re going to meet again in a couple weeks and make a decision.”

Photo credit: Getty Images

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