If Ryan Suter doesn't re-sign in the Music City, how good would Nashville Predators defenseman look with the Philadelphia Flyers, solidifying their blue line after the probable loss of Chris Pronger? Or the Washington Capitals, giving them the complete No. 1 D-man they've craved?
Put those thoughts out of your mind, writes Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly:
According to a well-placed source, Suter has a potential list of clubs he would be willing to talk to even if his rights were traded before July 1. Suter is represented by Neil Sheehy.
Alas, the Flyers are not one of them.
In fact, the source said, all of Suter's preferred destinations, should he leave the Predators, are in the Western Conference — not the East. Detroit is generally conceded to be his top choice.
The Detroit Red Wings, of course, have a bit of a hole to fill on their blue line.
From Josh Cooper and the Tennessean, the latest from the Nashville perspective on Suter:
The Predators could trade Suter's negotiating rights to another team. But then you risk completely losing him before July 1. There seems to be some hope and feeling that in free agency, Suter will circle back to the Predators to listen to them after hearing what's out there. Suter is a small-town type of guy and privacy is important to him. The Nashville market suites him the best out of all the teams that are rumored to add him — Detroit, Minnesota and Philadelphia. But there could be another non-rumored team that would like to throw money at Suter, one that maybe fits his personality and desires better than the aforementioned teams. He simply won't know unless he checks it out.
It's sounding more and more like he might.