Ryan Suter leaves Nashville, agrees to deal with Minnesota Wild

He's taking his talents to St. Paul.

That's it, Ryan Suter's gone, reportedly for 13 years, $98 million:

The Wild has landed its blue-chip defenseman and is working toward landing the big fish, blue-chip forward as well. After an impressive maneuver Tuesday to get itself in front of free-agent Ryan Suter, the Wild has agreed to terms on a 13-year contract with defenseman Ryan Suter, sources say. But the Wild's not done in its attempt to shake a hockey-mad market into a frenzy. According to sources, the Wild was working on agreeing to terms with Minneapolis-born Zach Parise on a 13-year deal. If successful, and it appears as if it will be, Parise and Suter are forming a star-studded tandem that can come to Minnesota and perhaps help alter the fortunes of a franchise that has missed the playoffs four consecutive seasons.


Ryan Suter

#20 / Defenseman / Nashville Predators

6-1

198

Jan 21, 1985

And it looks like Minnesota indeed pulled off that package deal:

Yes, this sucks, there's no question about it. Losing Suter while getting nothing in return represents a gamble lost by David Poile and the Nashville Predators front office. As I wrote months ago, Suter was obviously bent on testing the market ever since he entered the final year of his contract, and as time ticked away, the Predators' leverage dwindled away to nothing.

For excerpts from David Poile's conference call with the media this afternoon, check out my Twitter feed.

This isn't a mortal blow to the franchise, however. We've seen tough times in the past (I'm talking about REALLY tough times), and the organization rallied to maintain their competitive position in the Western Conference. Thanks to the relatively narrow band between the salary cap and floor (the range goes from $70.2M to $56.2M, a far cry from the $20-80M range we saw prior to the lockout) the Predators will certainly bring in a name player or two over the coming weeks & months.

So it's time to start looking ahead... who can/should the Preds pursue either in free agency or the trade market to position the team for success going forward? Do they go after an all-around defenseman (Matt Carle?), or focus instead on talent up front (Bobby Ryan)?

And congratulations to Minnesota, which just signed the best field goal kicker in the NHL:


Just poking some fun there... seriously, all the best to Ryan Suter going forward. He's earned his way into this position of being able to make the right choice for himself and his family, and I, for one, don't blame him one bit.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join On the Forecheck

You must be a member of On the Forecheck to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at On the Forecheck. You should read them.

Join On the Forecheck

You must be a member of On the Forecheck to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at On the Forecheck. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker