Thread: Speculation: Ryan Suter
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05-08-2012, 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by PoundCake View Post
For fun, I did a roster mock up with him included.
(It has the nice benefit of not requiring a single trade, so we still get to keep all of our picks.)
I bolded the new players.

Brett Connolly ($1.633m) / Steven Stamkos ($7.500m) / Martin St. Louis ($5.625m)
Ryan Malone ($4.500m) / Vincent Lecavalier ($7.727m) / Teddy Purcell ($2.363m)
Alexander Killorn ($0.875m) / Dominic Moore ($1.500m) / J.T. Brown ($1.350m)
Tom Pyatt ($0.600m) / Nate Thompson ($0.900m) / Dana Tyrell ($0.600m)
Adam Hall ($0.600m) /

Victor Hedman ($4.000m) / Ryan Suter ($7.000m)
Eric Brewer ($3.875m) / Brian Lee ($0.971m)
Keith Aulie ($0.800m) / Brendan Mikkelson ($0.800m)
Marc-Andre Bergeron ($1.000m) / Evan Oberg ($0.827m)

Tomas Vokoun ($3.500m)
Mathieu Garon ($1.300m)

Vinny Prospal ($1.167m)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $61,012,898; BONUSES: $1,600,000
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $3,287,102

We can ice a good team with Suter on it next year, but I think long term it might wind up being a bad idea.

If Suter leaves Nashville, I don't think it will be for any less than 7mil per year. His contract will also be a long one.

What happens in the next few years when it comes time to give raises to Brown/Purcell/Connolly/#4 Dman/#1 Goalie? We'll still have Lecavalier/Stamkos/Suter/St.Louis/Malone on big contracts. Not to mention if Hedman pans out to be the player he's expected to be, his next contract will probably be similar to Suter's.

I don't think Suter in Tampa is going to work out.
I like it, not many changes to a good team that only needs minor tweaks. I'd change Hall for Wallace if we get Moore. Is Ohlund retired and off the books completely towards cap space? I don't like having 3 players making over 7 mil either, but aside from Purcell I don't see the others getting that big of raises unless they tear the league apart. When Hedman is due for a raise, Brewer/MSL/Malone all will be up too and not coming back or for less. I'd rather Suter at 7-8 than Wideman 4.5 + another 4/5 guy at 3 mil.

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