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Ryan Suter is on his way to the Dallas Stars.
The team announced on Wednesday that it has signed the veteran defender to a four-year, $14.6 million contract ($3.65 million salary cap hit per season) as the free agency signing period began.
Suter became a free agent earlier this offseason after the Minnesota Wild bought out the remainder of both his and Zach Parise’s matching 13-year contracts.
While Parise’s buyout was somewhat expected, Suter’s was far more shocking and took everybody (especially Suter) by surprise. At 36 he is clearly not going to be the elite player he was in his prime, but he should still be a quality defender in the short-term for a Stars team that already has two top-pairing defenders on its roster inand . Suter probably is not a No. 1 defender any longer, and the Stars do not need him to be.
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Still, a four-year term for a 36 (and soon to be 37) defender does carry some risk down the road a little. In the short-term, though, hard to argue that Suter does not add improve an already good blue line. He figures to help fill the void that was left byjoining the expansion Seattle Kraken.
Along with Suter, the Stars also signed goalieand added forward on a two-year deal.
The Holtby signing is fascinating because the team already has, , and under contract for this season. Something has to give there because they are not carrying four NHL goalies into the season with them.
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Wild replace Suter with Goligoski
While Suter makes the jump from Minnesota to Dallas, the Wild filled his spot on their blue line by signing veteran defensemanto a one-year, $5 million contract.
Goligoski has spent the past five seasons with the Arizona Coyotes and remains a solid veteran defender that can still chip in some offense.
The Wild are somewhat limited on what they can do in free agency right now long-term and need to focus on short-term contracts because of their future salary cap situation. The buyouts of Suter and Parise are going to create between $12-15 million in empty cap space between 2022 and 2025 so they really need to keep things short-term to maintain any salary cap flexibility in the future.
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