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Ryan Suter Signs with Minnesota (13 years, $98 mil)
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07-11-2012, 09:44 AM
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Nashville, TN
Suter owed the Preds and especially Poile nothing. Unfortunately, business gets in the way of establishing good teams and team unity in professional sports, and it goes both ways. There have been many many times when a professional athlete has given his left nut to a team only to be cut or left out in the cold without a contract the very next season. Suter played by the rules and made the best decision for his family and him.
It is Nashville's fault they could not compete, either in team competitive terms, money terms or any other terms. Poile made a big gamble in holding on to hope that Suter would return. He did not read the situation correctly and should have known Suter would move on. He should have made contingency plans. He didn't. Instead he looks like an incompetent lost little boy, crying over spilt milk.
Nashville has been MORE competitive than the Wild, and you certainly can't say the Preds weren't competitive with the Wild financially. They weren't given the chance.
Suter lied while working behind the scenes. As long as the Wild could come through, he had no intention of signing with Nashville. Short of calling him a liar and trading him for a fraction of his real value, what exactly did you expect Poile to do? By all accounts he tried every possible angle to get Suter to sign, but Suter continually refused. Now we know why.
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