NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 28: Mikko Koivu #9 of the Minnesota Wild skates against Ryan Suter #20 of the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena on December 28, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
When millions of dollars and public pledges of commitment aren't enough to get Ryan Suter to sign a contract, what else can the Nashville Predators and their fans do to get him locked up? Negotiating a long-term extension for Suter has been at the top of GM David Poile's to-do list all season long. Team ownership has said the money is there, and Poile has the paperwork ready to go, but Suter, who would stand at the head of the 2012 free agent class, seems to be waiting things out.
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So what's it going to take to get a deal done?
After the jump, one family of Predators fans rolls out the big guns...
OTF reader The Pred That Rides dropped the video found below in our Game Thread the other night, and in an email conversation, shared the story of how it came about:
My wife and I have really gotten into the Preds over the past year. We have really grown to like the play of Suter as well as many of the guys, but Sutes is the family favorite. My wife went as far as to go way out of her way to meet Suter and Legwand at Sport Sseasons in Franklin when they were having their community days. Of course after meeting him, my wife liked him even more. So we were talking about the possibilty of him being traded. Neither of us can really bear the throught of losing any of the Big 3 (especially Sutes), but we were discussing possibilities. One of us said out loud "We HAVE to sign him" ( Suter). and my 18-month-old daughter repeated it. We werent sure what she said so we asked her again. and she said "Please sign". I had just gotten the family custom jerseys for Christmas, so we slapped it on her and prayed that she would say it again. She did and we filmed it, as it seemed to sum up exactly what we wanted to say.
So prepare for a blast of double-barreled cuteness. Who knows, this little lady may have a brilliant career in sports management ahead of her...