Most of the NHL free agent news has centered on forward Zach Parise, but the other blue-chip free agent, defenseman Ryan Suter, is just as sought after, as evidenced by the high-eight-figure deals that he has been offered.
Sources told Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com that the Flyers offered Suter and Parise identical 12-year deals worth at least $80 million and perhaps as much as $110 million.
Two reporters have the Detroit Red Wings offering Suter $90 million, although Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press says the money is over 13 years, while Ansar Khan of MLive.com says that it’s over 12 years.
The Nashville Predators made a “very substantial” offer to retain Suter’s services, Suter’s agent told Josh Cooper of The Tennessean.
The Minnesota Wild’s offer has not been reported.
Like Parise, Suter is taking his time making a decision, with one not expected until at least Wednesday — although given the holiday, Suter might take until Thursday.