Celebrate July 4th by embracing #SuterWatch: Wednesday's notes

OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 29: Ryan Suter #20 of the Nashville Predators and Team Chara poses prior to the 2012 NHL All-Star Game at Scotiabank Place on January 29, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

These are the times that try Preds fans' souls.

Ryan Suter's free agency saga entered some crazy territory yesterday, once we became aware of the private jets flying in and out of Madison, Wisconsin. It looked like the Minnesota Wild and Detroit Red Wings were bringing in their heavy hitters to make personal pitches to the defenseman, and by the evening, reports from the local media backed up that speculation.

For some, the fervent discussion online yesterday (particularly on Twitter) was getting ahead of the facts far too quickly. For others, the whole thing felt "stalkerish", following the details of private planes like that.

But you know what? I'm OK with all of this. Yes, I know the professional journalists were driven to distraction trying to follow every story lead, catching up with a developing story while maintaining their standards for quality & verification (which serves an essential purpose for all of us).

The bottom line, however, is that this is a sign of just how much people care about what's going on with this team. Nashville is still growing as a pro sports city, and #SuterWatch will go down as one of the more memorable episodes in this market's history.

Will it come to an end today? That's entirely possible. So don't be ashamed to keep one eye open for news, while enjoying your Independence Day...

Shop like an NHL GM with July's coupon codes | Hockey Gear HQ
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Nashville Predators News

Shea Weber's future with Nashville Predators may depend on Ryan Suter | The Tennessean
Those anxiety-driven headaches you're experiencing? They won't end with #SuterWatch.

If Ryan Suter leaves, will Shea Weber push for a trade? NHL insider asks | Edmonton Journal
See... the vultures are circling already.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Brett MacLean, Coyotes’ AHLer, suffers ‘cardiac emergency’; taken to ICU | Puck Daddy
A scary situation for the 23-year-old.

Down Goes Brown: Behind the scenes of the 2012 Free Agent Frenzy
"Sunday, 8:48 a.m. – For the fourth straight day, Dennis Wideman wakes up muttering "I had the craziest dream" before realizing he was indeed sleeping on a giant pile of Jay Feaster’s money."

Dallas Stars Sign Jaromir Jagr To One-Year, $4.5 Million Contract - Defending Big D
The Stars are serious about this rebuilding thing...

Colorado Avalanche Re-Sign D Erik Johnson - Mile High Hockey
A pretty reasonable contract here, although Johnson has yet to fulfill all the hype surrounding him.

Shot quality matters, but how much? | NHLNumbers.com
Eric brings some badly-needed nuance and balance to one of the more contentious topics of stats analysis.

Show Him the Money : Tom Benjamin's NHL Blog :: CanucksCorner.com
Leave it to Tom to strip away the niceties and get to the heart of the matter.

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