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St. Louis Blues sign former Stars and Wild defenseman Ryan Suter


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Graham Montgomery
July 10, 2024  (7:54 PM)
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Former Dallas Stars defenseman Ryan Suter speaking with the media
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The St. Louis Blues added to their blueline today, as they announced that they have signed veteran defenseman Ryan Suter.

Suter played for the Dallas Stars last season, but general manager Jim Nill elected to buy him out of the final year of his contract. As such, he became an unrestricted free agent. Clearly, the Blues were willing to give him the best offer he got, as that is where he decided to sign today. The deal is for league minimum, but does come with possible bonuses.
#stlblues announce they've agreed to terms with veteran defenseman Ryan Suter, who was bought out by the Dallas Stars this summer. It's a one-year deal for $775,000.
The 39-year-old has had quite the career, appearing in 1444 regular season games and scoring 681 points, including 105 goals to this point. However, he has shown clear signs of age-related decline the past two seasons. This is not particularly surprising considering his age and how many games he's played.
Ryan Suter had a really strong prime, but age took away his offensive chops, and ability to control play in the defensive zone. He still had his moments, but was ultimately gonna look like Tony Ferguson versus Justin Gaethje if he had continued playing.
Suter will likely be reduced to a bottom pair role with the Blues. Furthermore, this will very likely be his last year in the league as he will be turning 40 in January. Will he finally manage to win a Stanley Cup? Only time will tell.

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