Nicholas J. Cotsonika's weekly Three Periods column will appear on Thursdays. This week's topics include Ryan Suter’s emergence for Minnesota after a “shellshock” of a start; high praise for 19-year-old Jonas Brodin; Teemu Selanne’s toughest season; realignment and expansion updates; and the Ducks’ biggest breakthroughs and surprises.
FIRST PERIOD: Suter starting to step it up for the Wild
Ryan Suter is finally starting to look like the star defenseman the Minnesota Wild thought it was getting last summer when it signed him to a 13-year, $98 million contract.
Wait. Scratch that. Suter is already starting to look like the star defenseman the Wild thought it was getting. Because when you consider the circumstances, Suter is actually making a quick transition.
“At first, it was kind of shellshock,” Suter said. “It was like, ‘Oh, no. What am I getting myself into?’ But things are starting to settle down. It’s getting a lot easier.”
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