ST. PAUL, Minn. Looking back now, Ryan Suter can see all the reasons why his first month with the Minnesota Wild wasn't what he was expecting. Changing teams, systems, coaches, defensive partners; they're all the same reasons Suter didn't want to use earlier in the season as excuses when he was a minus-7 with four points in the first nine games.
Suter, off of that 13-year, 98 million dollar contract he signed in the summer, wanted immediate results. The disappointment grew in the quiet Suter.
"Oh, it was, you start doubting everything," Suter said. "You get real frustrated."
As Minnesota general manager Chuck Fletcher has reminded everyone, Suter and Zach Parise, the two free-agent stars that chose the Wild following last summer's bidding war, didn't sign 10-day contracts. Those 13-year deals are in place for a reason. Minnesota's staff believes in Parise and Suter. Without the benefit of a training camp, the transition wasn't easy, especially for Suter.
Suter came from Nashville w...