Morning Free Association: Potential Suter?

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Yesterday was a busy day in the NHL. Tuesday was the day that the league’s general managers had to get players to waive their no movement clauses (NMC) for the purpose of the expansion draft. Teams must submit their protected lists by 5pm on Saturday. Seattle’s draft is on Wednesday, July 21st.

First word of the morning was that longtime Predators goalie Pekka Rinne called it a career. In his 15 year NHL career, all with Nashville, he leads the Predators in all sorts of goaltending stats.

This season was the last of his contract. While it was good in some ways, the birth of his first child, it was tough in that he lost his starting job to his Finnish compatriot, Juuse Saros. At 38, he said that one of the reasons he retired was because his priorities changed.

But the big news was happening in the midwest. The Minnesota Wild bought out two of their big contracts: Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

Michael Russo on NHL Live on the NHL Network last night said that although the timing was similar, it turned out that the transactions had nothing to do with either player declining to waive their NMCs. Parise, 37, has been on the decline for years after developing a severe back injury and with 4 more years on his deal, he was only going to get worse. During the past season he slipped down to the fourth line, which is a real lack of value for his contract. Suter at 36 can still move the puck but was also on the decline in recent years. For instance, while he still averaged about 20 minutes per game, he scored only 19 points during the 56 game season whereas the year before in 69 games he was good for 49 points. Minnesota chose to accept nearly $5 million in dead cap space this season to free up nearly $10 million. They’ll pay for this later, specifically between 2023-2025 when they will have $14.7 million in dead cap for each year. That will suck for them.

In the meantime, both Parise and Suter will sign elsewhere for presumably cheap, presumably a contender. While Parise is not a player the Bruins could use, Suter will have a suitor in Boston. As a left D who can handle big minutes, he could play alongside the younger Charlie McAvoy, freeing him up to do more of the awesome stuff he can do. The more I think about it, the more I like it.

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Wow! Thought I posted this morn

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I am warming to the idea of Suter the more I think about it.
He was scoring at a 44 point pace, logging 22 minutes per night.
On the cap friendly UFA D-man list, he’s the most expensive at an $8M hit, but if he’s been bought out, the Bruins may be able to negotiate whatever contract they feel like. I’d have to check the CBA to see if he has to go through waivers or something before his contract truly disappears, but he would have been getting paid $6M this season and $2 the next, which is far from crazy money. We’re probably looking at a bit more than $10M over the next 4 years and would be getting a player who should be worth it.

Am curious what the rules are wrt to teams retaining the rights of a player they bought out. I assume that since they flipped the bird to these players that they have no more rights to them.

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Mornin all.

On one hand I’d not be crazy about signing a 36 year old who’s just had a quiet year. On the other hand, signing guys who’ve just had a career year hasn’t exactly worked out for the Bs (hayes, beleskey).

Theres a strange yellow disc in the sky. Could this be the beginning of that ‘summer’ thing I’ve heard so much about?

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Strange yellow disk?
You lie! There is not such thing!

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Finally spotted that odd thing in the western mass sky! Not an unpleasant feeling that it provides.

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Morning all. Getting out the door this week has been a struggle. It hasn’t been a bad week just a lack of motivation.

The London Bear
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A bit o good ol’ fashioned escapism needed maybe?

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That would be nice! Or I need someone to give me a gagillion dollars so I can retire early. lol

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I definitely need to schedule some time off ASAP.
I mean I could just keep my nose to the grindstone, and I’d be given plenty of time off after the resulting multi-state killing spree comment imagecomment image