Suter and the Preds are remaining tight-lipped on injury specifics, only saying that it’s an upper-body issue (though Suter did confirm it’s not a head injury.) Whatever the ailment is, Suter aggravated it during the first period of Monday’s 3-1 win over the Islanders and proceeded to sit out the remainder of the contest. He then missed Nashville’s last game — a 3-0 loss at Madison Square Garden to the Rangers — and the Predators totally looked out of sorts, probably because Suter normally plays nearly half the game. Seriously, he does…Suter averages 26:30 a night for the Preds, second-most in the NHL (only New York’s Dan Girardi plays more.)
Suter didn’t elaborate much about the injury, but did explain how he re-aggravated it.
“I tried playing in New York, it felt good, and then it just went bad,” he said. “You’re shooting pucks and you’re like, ‘Oh no.’ Then you’re like, ‘I’m alright, I’ll battle through it,’ but it just got worse.”
Suter also refused to elaborate on the nature of his injury or provide a timetable for return. He’s currently listed as day-to-day.
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Kyle Turris was far from an accomplished NHLer when he requested a trade out of the Coyotes organization. In fact, when he was dealt to the Senators in 2011, the third overall pick in the 2007 draft had just 46 points in 137 NHL games.
Since then, Turris has emerged as Ottawa’s top center, with the promise of a big payday in the summer of 2018 when his current $17.5 million deal expires and he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
It’s for that very reason that he can understand Jonathan Drouin‘s position with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“It’s tough,” Turris told the Tampa Bay Times. “Everyone has mixed feelings, and especially not being an established player. Then people are doubting that you’re doing the right thing, you really have to have confidence in yourself and your ability to do it.”
Though Turris, now 26, took a “lot of heat from the media…and people within the organization” and recalls the time after his trade request was made public as a “tough, tough go,” he believes the opportunity he received with the Sens “saved” him.
As we’ve written in the past, you don’t have to agree with how Drouin is handling things — maybe it ends up hurting him; he still has a lot to prove — but there have been young players who have chosen similar paths, and it’s worked out well for them.
Drouin, by the way, has 40 points in 89 NHL games.