3 Potential Free-Agent Destinations for Ryan Suter

The Dallas Stars bought out Ryan Suter this summer and he became just the second player in NHL history to be bought out twice. Suter is getting up there, being 39 years of age, however he's still as durable as anyone and has played a full 82-game season three years in a row.

While he may have to wait until closer to training camp, Suter is expected to play next season and could wind up on one of these three teams:

Nashville Predators

The Predators made some sweeping changes this summer as they look to take a giant step forward next season and their re-tooling could include adding the former Predator to be a depth defenseman. Nashville has six NHL contracts on their books for next season on their back end and do need a seventh. Suter could be the perfect candidate to join the Preds on a cheap one-year deal.

New York Rangers

Much like the Predators, the Rangers did a little bit of re-tooling this summer and also need another defenseman to add to their roster. GM Chris Drury has the Jacob Trouba trade saga ongoing and once that gets completely sorted, could turn his attention to the bargain bin of free-agents that remain. The Rangers have over $8 million to work with in cap space heading into next season so they have tons of room to add Suter on a one-year league minimum deal.

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning reshaped a lot of their roster this summer and moved on from the likes of Steven Stamkos and Mikhail Sergachev. Tampa needs another d-man and could use the reliability and experience Suter brings to the table. Last season with the Stars, the Wisconsin native posted 17 points and added four more in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Suter has 133 games of playoff experience, something the Lightning are likely attracted to.

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