So why not give Suter what he's worth come July 1st? If Kenny can keep his cap hit under 7m then why not go for it? The Wings will have the cap space to sign both him and probably a top 6 forward. They also will know before July what the future for Nick is. They will never get Suter from the Preds it has to be a FA signing.
Holland will. You can't just sit around waiting for players to take a discount. We have the money to blow on Suter or some other major defenseman and still resign everyone and add a top 6 scorer. Quite frankly, this off-season is probably the best crop of free agents in a long time. Probably for many years, too. With Lidstrom about to retire in a few years, with Zetterberg and Datsyuk getting older, and with a dearth of mid-20 year old players with lots of upside, the Wings simply cannot afford to sit this one out just to save a few millions.
If they do, then the decline everyone talks about every year may actually begin, because other teams equally good (Boston, San Jose, Chicago, Vancouver) will make those additions. And if you could have Suter and Parise and everyone else on the Wings...why wouldn't you? Even if you're paying 7 or 8 million. Holland probably won't make them really long contracts, though. I think we'll see a return to 4-5 year contracts instead of this 10-12 year stuff.
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