3 Free Agent Destinations For Pius Suter

The Detroit Red Wings moved in a different direction this offseason and chose to bring in a few different faces while allowing Pius Suter to hit free agency. No team has picked him up yet and at this point, he isn't going to get near the $3.25 million AAV from his last contract. He will have to prove he's worth that again, especially with the cap failing to go up more than $1 million.

He's definitely an NHL caliber player, can play center or the wing, and can play up and down the lineup, so teams needing bodies in the bottom-six should take a more serious look at him. A short-term, low AAV deal is a no risk move.

Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild are again being decimated by having nearly $15 million in dead cap on the books and have to utilize players outperforming their contracts to stay competitive. They have done that to this point, but need a little more work to their bottom-six than just adding Pat Maroon. Not a lot of offense came from the bottom-six, and at the very least, Suter has scored 14 goals in all three seasons since entering the league. Help is needed at center or the wing.

Vancouver Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks may have a strong top-six, but the bottom-six is where things get questionable. There's a good amount of youth, and with that comes inexperience. To this point, Nils Hoglander and Vasily Podkolzin have been up and down between the NHL and AHL, while the center depth is not impressive. Suter could be brought in as a safety net down the middle or on the wing, whichever seems to need the help more at the moment. He could definitely provide a boost so the Canucks aren't stuck in limbo again this season.

Vegas Golden Knights

Even with Ivan Barbashev sticking with the Vegas Golden Knights, the left wing is the weakest part of the lineup for the team. While I very much like William Carrier in a fourth line role, Brett Howden or Paul Cotter could use and upgrade to the middle-six. Suter did better than both of them last season and Howden is still without a contract. Vegas would do well to add a little more forward depth as their team tends to get injured more.

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