The Webs/Suts Rose Ceremony - All Ryan Suter/Shea Weber FA talk
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01-15-2012, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by
We need to move Suter to a contender in the East, who is just looking for one more piece to really go for the cup. That's who will give us the best return. Not to a team like Anaheim who has nothing to play for.
Or, if you can't find a dancing partner in the East, just go ahead and make a deal with Detroit since that's were Suter will probably end up anyway. Right?
Originally Posted by
If we keep winning, he won't deal Suter just because he's a UFA and can walk at season's end. I had hoped that the ownership group would force Poile to make an aggressive move to keep Weber and Suter, AND deal for a top 3 forward. But after listening to the interview,
I'm convinced that the old adage about leopards changing their spots holds true with Poile
. I don't think he'll gamble to acquire a top 3 guy. Consequently, Suter will leave in Free Agency because Poile has not made the necessary moves to make Nashville a cup contender. Unfortunately, we'll probably get very little, if anything, in return for Suter.
Beyond that, Poile is supremely confidant in his gameplan/blueprint for this franchise, perhaps to a fault. If Suter or Weber aren't convinced that Poile's plan is anything more than a competitive structure, but never really a true contender setup, and they decide to play elsewhere because of that, then that signifies that Poile is selling something that players aren't buying. Poile honestly believes that Suter will sign because Poile believes that the team he has built following his gameplan is in fact good enough, that there will be success this year, and that even if it takes until July 1st, Suter will believe in his vision as well. To acknowledge that Suter won't sign and to actually trade Suter away would equal failure in Poile's mind and that his decade and a half long blueprint just simply can't reach a higher level that elite players, home grown ones even at that, can fully buy into. If he acknowledges that a player as good as Suter can't see how the Preds will be a true contender, he would have to come to the realization that he may have been wrong and I just can't see Poile willing to do that. Trading/not trading Suter has much less to do with his obvious on ice contribution to the success of this year's team, and much more in my opinion about Poile refusing to admit failure and move on.
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