via the score:
The Pittsburgh Penguins are working hard to acquire the rights to Predators defenceman Ryan Suter, according to CSNPhilly.com.
Suter, set to be a free agent on July 1, has spent his entire seven-year career with the Nashville Predators. The 27 year-old posted career highs in assists (39), points (46) and power play points (25) last season.
Current Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero was the assistant general manager from 1998-2006 in Nashville, the team that drafted Suter 7th overall in 2003.
The Penguins tried this with Dan Hamhuis two years ago, and it didn't work out. The Penguins did it because they wanted to see if they could sign him before he hit free agency, and they didn't want to waste their time.
When Hamhuis didn't sign, the Pens then went with Paul Martin, and Zbynek Michalek.
So two years later, here we are again. Suter is probably a little more touted then even Hamhuis was, and the market is set on him. Suter is a stud American-born defensman that has put up solid numbers in Nashville, and is coveted by many around the NHL.
He is most coveted by perhaps the Detroit Red Wings. Remember the Wings have lost Lidstrom, and need a number one guys.
Great read by the Chief here who thinks Suter and Parise are going to go somewhere together:
It’s down to Detroit and Pittsburgh and that should be enough to make you just lose it, physically. I’m talking all bodily functions. And it’s not because you hate Pittsburgh. It’s because if Parise and Suter sign there, it’s done. Sealed. Schedule the parade and start the photoshops of Bettman and Rosby, faces smeared with Yoohoo, giving each other eskimo kisses, while Hall and Oates’ timeless classic “Maneater” blares in the background of a Cup celebration.
And like the kids would say? It’s getting real, now.
That is the first time we've heard this suggested, but it does make sense.
The Pens still may need to move Paul Martin, and someone else, but buckle up. The next few days in June 2012 may shape the next five or six June's.