Suter to Come Out of Retirement?

It was first reported on a Detroit radio morning show that the Red Wings are reportedly looking for help on their blueline, which has seen Steve Duchesne remain unsigned and Frederik Olausson join the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Now that defenseman Jiri Fischer has injured his left knee and out for 4-6 weeks, the Red Wings are supposedly looking for some help. Gary Suter has been rumored as speaking with Wings’ GM Ken Holland, as reported on Suter, recently announcing his retirement from the game of hockey, played his last four seasons with the San Jose Sharks, recording 101 points in the span of 227 games played. He announced his retirement during the free-agent signing period this past summer, and was reported shortly after speaking with his former team, the Chicago Blackhawks. Those supposed talks obviously fell through, and now he remains unsigned and may take another crack at the NHL.

On the other hand, the Detroit Red Wings have three faces on their defense that were not there in the playoffs (Maxim Kuznetsov, Jesse Wallin, Dmitri Bykov). These players are all either sophomores or rookies, and do not have much experience at the NHL level. Maxim Kuznetsov has the most time played of the three, participating in seventy-seven NHL games over a span of three seasons.

Gary Suter, who is thirty-eight years of age and is a seventeen-season NHL veteran, made $1.8 million last season, which the Detroit Red Wings may be able to afford. Suter has always been a well-rounded defenseman, recording an impressive 126 career plus/minus.

Also the Red Wings have been rumored on to also be talking to former Maple Leaf Cory Cross and former Wing Steve Duchesne. It is obvious the Red Wings need help defensively if they plan on catching St. Louis for the central division lead.

~Jeff P.