In the modern sports world, a player in all markets, will say things like "I love it here and want to stay" and "It's not all about the money". We hear this and want to believe it, but most of us simply can't relate. The Preds are certainly in a wonderful position. Drafting and developing young players as well as anyone, only to hold on to the purse strings, when opportunities have come. This is not the time to sit back and be frugal. This is make or break time.
This team is only one big trade from becoming a real problem to anyone they play. They play great team defense, hustle, and have the best TEAM ethic from any team I've watched this year. For many years, for that matter. If they just had a closer. Someone who doesn't take the extra pass. Or looks for it. Just shoot shoot shoot!! In this capacity, Jeff Carter is perfect for this role. But that contract . . .
It's a lot to ask of Nashville to go get a player with such a huge contract. And it is HUGE! They've never done it before, so I wouldn't expect it. Also, someone with a bit of a bad reputation, might not be the type of player a team that's really got it going would want to bring in. However, if they can get him for a song (it IS Music City), get him and then decide who goes. Someone always does.
Everywhere I read, it seems that Suter's out the door, which I don't understand. Or that him and or Weber's leaving is some sort of inevitability. Simply put, if they want to WIN and win for years to come, then they will stay. What people aren't talking about, is how this team is poised to become the next Detroit Red Wings. A couple acquisitions and they will be contenders for years to come.
So Nashville, figure it out. I hope you know how close you really are. No need to lose any key players, here. Pay Suter (5 years). Pay Weber (7 years). Get Carter? Who knows, on that one. I'd prefer Paul Stastny, who's signed through 2014, but that's just me. Might think about kicking the tires on Parise, if possible.