Jul. 12, 2022
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>pgreenfield</b></div><div>While I do agree with you that the Suter buyout is something I would consider; I dont think Nill buyous out Suter, given his endearment (for better or worse) of veteran players. The Suter and Pavelski family connection is really close, and with Pavelski extending for another year, I have to assume that implies that Suter is planning on playing another year or two. Though, I can see Suter retiring if the Stars make a deep run, something Suter has never done in his career.
I think ultimately Suter will decide when he is done. If anything, they may bury Suter's contract in the minors and have him move into a different part of the organization for the life of his contract, similar to Comeau last year and Bishop the last couple years ("Officially" starting next year).</div></div>
Difference between Pavelski and Suter is that one of them actually produces and is worth the money he's making...and the other one is Suter.
Also, the Stars can't send Suter to the minors, due to his NMC. The difference between the Suter situation and the Bishop/Comeau situation is that the Stars could send Comeau to the minors and recoup his entire cap hit & we found someone Bishop was willing to waive his NMC for that would eat the last year of Bishop's contract. If, for some reason, Suter agreed to be sent to the minors, the Stars would still have a $2.5M cap hit for him.
Frankly, what Suter WANTS to do is irrelevant in this situation. He SHOULD be bought out for the betterment of the team over the next 2 years. Will Nill pull the trigger on a buyout though? Probably not.