Possibility of Moving Suter
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07-05-2010, 08:28 PM
Join Date: Nov 2007
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First off, if Weber wants to leave so badly and get a big pay day, why did he sign a 3 year deal that left him as a restricted free agent? He's going to get a big pay day and he's going to get it from the Preds.
If we move Suter for offense, who's going to take his place on the blue line? At best, Blum will have 2 years of experience on the blue line when Suter is a free agent. Josi may have a year under his belt. Franson will have three years under his belt and Klein under his belt. There may be a few others in Ellis and Roussel that may break thru or be entering the NHL at that point as well. We won't need offense to replace Suter, we're going to need another veteran defender to team with Weber, if, and that's a big if we trade Suter or lose him to free agency. Poile builds his teams from the goal out and he's not going to let his two marquee draft picks walk away or trade them away. So what if they comprise 22% of our payroll, they're worth it. Elite defensemen don't come along very often and to trade one or lose them via free agency is not something to take lightly and I don't think Poile does. He's structured Sullivan's and Dumont's contracts around the times that Weber and Suter's will both be up.
Do we want to be Anaheim? Have to trade one of Pronger or Niedermayer and then watch the other one retire a year later? Granted, that's not going to happen with their ages but my point is, two years ago, Anaheim had two of the premier defensemen in the league and don't have either of them now. Chicago isn't going to let Keith and Seabrook leave. Detroit will keep Lidstrom and Rafalski as long as they are willing and able to play for them. We will follow suit.
And to be honest, if we do trade one of them or let them walk via free agency, I will have a hard time singing on to be a season ticket holder much longer and that points to your earlier comments about losing fans because of salary issues and you know me, I'm a pretty staunch supporter of the team so when I say something like that, I truly mean it. I don't make a statement like that as a threat but as a reality on how I'll spend my money.
Not much I disagree with there with the exception of Weber and Suter being worth the 22%. That severly hampers a balanced team that can score and defend. I think we need to keep one but not both long term. Additionally the salaries to Erat, Leggy and Arnott have hurt and continue to hurt, heck for that matter Toots contract and the one Ellis had hurt too. When the front office matches contracts to ability instead of fan popularity(Tootoo) things could get better on the ice and for the team surviving long term. Defense is deep here and even with the additions this team can't make it past round 1 in the playoffs. As much as both of us would like it 2nd lines will not get it done. Currently this team may be capable of 2.25 to 2.6 goals a game for the regular season. With a PP that is really not improved. With the D they should make round 1 again and DONE again, this is not enough. I will support this team as long as they are here but without success in the playoffs and the money that comes with it team movement will rear its head again and I can't imagine that there are any here that would want to endure that again.
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