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Ryan Suter: “Wherever I sign, I want to be there for the rest of my career”


Upon losing in the second round for a second consecutive season, Ryan Suter was very much noncommittal about his future with the Nashville Predators. The talented (but slightly overshadowed by Shea Weber) defenseman reportedly met with Predators GM David Poile today and while he didn’t give a clear glimpse into his future, he provided a rather interesting take to Robby Stanley.

“Wherever I sign, I want to be there for the rest of my career,” Suter said. “I haven’t had time to really sit back and talk with my family and figure out what we want to do.”

Stanley points out that Suter has a wife and kids, so it makes sense that he’s giving that consideration. (Perhaps that might be the best thing going for the Predators’ side beyond mere recognition?)

The “rest of the career” part is especially interesting because Suter is in the meat of his prime at just 27 years old (he’ll turn 28 next January). There are plenty of NHL teams who would likely be glad to hand over Suter a deal with a cap average somewhere between what Pekka Rinne will begin to make next season ($7 million) and what Weber received in arbitration ($7.5 million). Regardless of whether he stays or goes, that factor is likely to make life very difficult for the Predators.

If you were Suter, what would you do, though? Beyond that, where do you think he’ll go? A lot of people wonder if a guy called (by some) the next Nicklas Lidstrom might just succeed Lidstrom in Detroit.

Add Lecavalier to list of expensive Flyers healthy scratches

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Are the Philadelphia Flyers aiming for some sort of record when it comes to expensive (potential) healthy scratches?

While lineups are obviously subject to change, CSNPhilly.com notes that Vincent Lecavalier appears to be among a rather rich group of Flyers who are expected to sit during their season-opener.

Also likely to be in street clothes: Sam Gagner and Luke Schenn.

That’s $11.3 million in cap space rotting on the bench, and that’s only counting what the Flyers are paying Gagner.

“I really don’t know what to say,” Lecavalier said. “I’ll practice hard and be ready when they call me up.”

The CSNPhilly.com quotes from Lecavalier, Gagner and Schenn only get sadder from there, a reminder that there are human beings attached to these numbers – whether you focus on disappointing stats or bloated salaries.

Flyers fans with the urge to reach for an Alka-Setzler can at least take some comfort in knowing that the team will see $6.8 million in savings after this season, as both Gagner and Schenn are on expiring deals.

It could be a long season, though, and this Lecavalier headache may not truly end until his contract expires following the 2017-18 campaign.

Video: NHL drops hammer, suspends Torres for 41 games


One of the NHL’s most notorious hitters has been tagged by the league.

On Monday, the Department of Player Safety announced that San Jose forward Raffi Torres has been suspended 41 games — half of the regular season — for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg.

The length of Torres’ suspension is a combination of the Silfverberg hit and Torres’ history of delivering hits to the heads of opposing players, including Jordan Eberle, Jarret Stoll, Nate Prosser and Marian Hossa.

“Torres has repeatedly violated league playing rules,” the Department of Player Safety explained. “And has been sanctioned multiple times for similar infractions.”

The league also noted that Torres has been warned, fined, or suspended on nine occasions over the course of his career, “the majority of which have involved a hit to an opponent’s head.”

“Same player every year,” Ducks forward Ryan Kesler said following the hit on Silfverberg. “I played with the guy [in Vancouver]. He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”

As for what lies ahead, things could get interesting upon potential appeal:

Torres successfully appealed a suspension under the previous CBA, getting his punishment for the Hossa hit reduced from 25 to 21 games.

Under terms of the new CBA, Torres isn’t categorized as a repeat offender because his last suspension came in May of 2013 — more than two years ago.

Of course, part of the reason Torres hasn’t run afoul of the league in two years is because he’s barely played.

Knee injuries limited Torres to just 12 games in ’13-14, and he sat out last season entirely.