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As I write this, Ryan Suter has yet to make an announcement as to where he'll play next season. But earlier tonight, Josh Yohe, Pens beat writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review tweeted:

"I can confirm that the Penguins and Ryan Suter's agent, Neil Sheehy, had a conversation today. So far, apparently no offer was made."

This is disturbing to me. How in the world was no offer made? I thought the Zbynek Michalek trade/salary dump was to make a strong push for BOTH Parise AND Suter. If in fact no offer was made, that really can only say one thing: the Penguins are not on Ryan Suter's list of teams for which he'd be willing to play.

I truly hope then, that his desire, and intent, is to remain in the Western Conference. Most likely then either Detroit (which the rumor mill cranked out he was close to signing with the Wings earlier this afternoon) or he's staying put in Nashville. (if he's not coming to Pittsburgh, then I hope he stays a Pred)

However, it is rumored that the Flyers have offered in excess of $100 million to Suter. And if that offer is on the table, it says he's not committed to staying out (mid)west. Truly a baffling and bizarre turn of events for the Pens.

The Penguins NEED help on the blue line. As they are currently constructed, they're a worse defensive team than they were against the Flyers in the playoffs. No Zbynek Michalek. So who takes his spot? Simon Despres? The Pens are willing to trade him. Brian Strait? I don't think so. Robert Bortuzzo? Carl Sneep? Ben Lovejoy? He fell out of favor with the coaching staff long before the playoffs even started. They needed to get Ryan Suter. Scoring wasn't the issue for this team. It was their HORRENDOUS play in their own end. An upgrade is necessary along the blue line, whether Zach Parise signs with Pittsburgh or not.

And it looks like The Penguins are not even in the running for Suter's services. So what then? The need still exists. The answer?

Shea Weber.

This only works under one condition: Suter DOESN'T resign with Nashville. If Suter goes anywhere else but Nashville (or Pittsburgh, obviously) then Shero MUST make a trade with David Poile to acquire Weber. It's almost a lock that if Suter is gone, Weber will be out the door after next season as well. He'll sign a one year tender from the Preds, then hit the open market on 7/1/2013. And I swear to you Weber will demand a king's ransom. So Shero, being the wizard that he is, needs to work some magic and pull off a HUGE trade that brings arguably the NHL's best D-man to Pittsburgh.

Here it is: Paul Martin, Simon Despres, Tyler Kennedy Dustin Jeffrey and the 2013 first round draft pick for Weber. Seem like a lot to give up? Not for a guy who will solidify the blue line, and could potentially sign a new deal in Pittsburgh comparable to Crosby's and, unlitmately, Malkin's.

This is a pipe dream. Pie in the sky sort of stuff. Or simply, wishful thinking. But a move HAS to be made to patch things up back there. Going in to the new season minus one of the Pens top 4 defensemen from last year is simply unacceptable. Zach Parise or no, the Pens simply can't afford, again, to just try and outscore teams. It didn't work last season, and it won't work this season, either.

Enjoy & comment!
Filed Under:   Pittsburgh   Penguins   Nashville   Predators   Suter   Parise  
July 2, 2012 8:19 AM ET | Delete
Sorry brah, I'm not saying that Josh Yohe is lying, I'm just saying that the guy obviously must have gotten his information all confused bc on TSN
July 2, 2012 9:36 AM ET | Delete
Ummm pens put in an offer to suter
July 2, 2012 9:42 AM ET | Delete
Um... sorry... as a pens fan even I think thats an awful deal for the preds. one of the top 5 d-men for mostly throw-ins? kennedy is ufa after this year, jeffrey couldn't stay on the team, martin is overpayeed. gonna cost a lot more for weber. like... morrow, kunitz, martin, and 2013 1st, conditional 2014 first if weber resigns. pricey... hells yes... but somebody would give him that... the flyers? could offer coultier, coburn, simmonds or voracek, and 2 firsts.
July 2, 2012 10:08 AM ET | Delete
That's not even pie in the sky stuff, that's hoping to trade mostly throwaway players for arguably one of the best d-men in the league. Poile isn't going to fall for that.
July 2, 2012 10:27 AM ET | Delete
You have to build through the draft. Sutter WILL NOT be worth the money he is given.
July 2, 2012 11:21 AM ET | Delete
Worst trade post ever...I wouldn't trade Matt Carle for the slop you offered. The 1st round pick was the only thing with value. Weber will command at least 2 1st round picks 2 top 6 forwards and a top 4 d-man. The Pens don't have a chance at getting Weber.
July 2, 2012 12:01 PM ET | Delete
More like Neal or letang top prospect and one or two firsts
July 2, 2012 12:16 PM ET | Delete
They lost there chip when they traded Staal.
July 2, 2012 1:50 PM ET | Delete
Sorry, but that is probably the worst trade proposals ever, especially seeing that weber is a top 3 dman in the nhl, entering his prime. Martin has no trade value because of his contract and Jeffery is a nobody. Depres is a solid d prospect, so that is one step in the right direction. Kennedy is ok, but is a ufa next year and is more of a throw in. The first is another step in the right direction. This package with jordan staal (before he was dealt is closer to what it would take)
July 2, 2012 3:54 PM ET | Delete
You're nuts if you think NSH will trade Weber for any Penguin not named Malkin.
July 2, 2012 4:24 PM ET | Delete
pens could do it without trading malkin... but the blog was way way way off
July 2, 2012 7:01 PM ET | Delete
jeff finger wouldnt of been traded for that, the 1st round pick will be the 30th pick in the draft
July 2, 2012 9:26 PM ET | Delete
so garbage, a late pick and a prospect for the best d man in the nhl? man, buffalo might as well offer kaleta, sekera, weber, finley and a first. thats about as good of a deal as u offered. its gonna take 10 times what it takes any team to get nash to get weber. if its not malkin or crybaby i dont see weber getting traded to pittsburg lol. lol at your trade offer.
July 2, 2012 9:57 PM ET | Delete
What are you talking about? If Nashville would accept that trade, they would be idiots. If I were Nashville I would never accept a trade like that.
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