Suter doesn't plan to talk contract
The Predators are going to have to make a decision on Ryan Suter at the NHL trade deadline.
The blue-chip defenceman, one of the best potential free agents this summer, told reporters during Friday’s NHL all-star weekend media day that he doesn’t have any interest in having contract talks until the se1/2ason is over.
The decision by the 27-year-old Suter is significant because it means Nashville GM David Poile risks losing Suter for nothing if he doesn’t deal him by Feb. 27.
“At this point, it’s not worth going and trying to do something,” said Suter. “Then it becomes a distraction not only to me, but to my teammates as well.”
The Predators could always move Suter’s rights at the draft in June. If that’s the case, the Flyers could swoop in and make a deal. Suter sounded like he’s prepared to stay, but that could be difficult with fellow star blueliner Shea Weber only a year away from UFA status.
“I love it in Nashville,” said Suter. “It’s a great place to live and a great place to play. The fans there are amazing. They get more educated every year.”
Weber is making $7.5 million and was surprised to hear Suter isn’t in any hurry to sign.
“I was surprised maybe (he did it) here, and I’m surprised it took him this long to get it off his chest, obviously,” Weber said. “We talk a lot and that’s been weighing on him a while. (Poile) is trying to get a deal done.”