We’re tracking planes now: Detroit reportedly sends jet to visit Suter in Wisconsin


From Ansar Khan of MLive.com:

A plane registered to Olympia Aviation, LLC, flew to Madison, Wis., this morning and is scheduled to fly back today, according to the Web site, FlightAware.com.

That is the plane owned by Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch.

Free-agent defenseman Ryan Suter lives on a farm in Madison, Wis., in the off-season.

The reason this particular (and alleged) visit is being reported?

Aside from the fact we’re all desperate for news, a source told MLive.com that Ilitch and Red Wings advisor Chris Chelios had planned to meet with Suter in Madison on Sunday — but that meeting was cancelled by Suter’s agent, Neil Sheehy.

“We all know each other, so there’s nothing meeting face-to-face is going to accomplish, at least initially,” Sheehy told MLive on Saturday. “If Ryan is uncertain, that [meeting] could come into play.”

Ergo, the Wings getting that (alleged) face-to-face meeting could be considered a big development.

It’s also worth noting a MLive source said Detroit’s initial offer to Suter was a 12-year deal worth $90 million, an average annual value of $7.5 million per season.

In terms of cap hit, that would make him the highest-paid defenseman in the NHL.

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