As the Nashville Predators disperse for the off-season, speculation over the futures of Ryan Suter and Shea Weber is ramping up.

 

Can the Predators retain Suter and Weber?

THE TENNESSEAN/NASHVILLE EXAMINER:  Nashville Predators pending UFA defenseman Ryan Suter acknowledged he’d spoken briefly with Predators GM David Poile on Wednesday, but he wants to take a couple of weeks to unwind before starting negotiations with the club. Suter, 27, said wherever he signs, he’d want to stay there for the rest of his career, citing in part family reasons. Among the teams which could be interested in Suter if he hits the open market are the Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild, who are close to his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford mused over what it might take for the Vancouver Canucks to acquire Nashville Predators RFA defenseman Shea Weber, a BC native, if the Preds are unable to re-sign him long-term.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s important to remember Predators ownership is willing to spend whatever it takes to retain Weber and Suter, so money may not be a factor, but rather if Weber and Suter believe their best chances to win a Stanley Cup remains with Nashville. Of the pair, Suter is the priority for the Predators, as he can walk if unsigned by July 1st. If Suter becomes available, you can bet the Philadelphia Flyer will also be very interested in him. That he’s suggesting he’d want to stay with whoever he signs with for the rest of his career suggests he’s seeking a long-term deal, perhaps up to ten years.