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Dallas Stars Buy Out Ryan Suter

The Dallas Stars opted to buy out Ryan Suter’s contract on Thursday, ending his tenure with the team. Suter, a 19-year NHL veteran, was set to earn $4.3 million in the final year of his contract. According to Jeff Marek of Sportsnet, this buyout will save Dallas $1.4 million.

Despite the buyout, Suter intends to continue his NHL career.

Ryan Suter’s Buyout History
This buyout makes Suter the second NHL player to be bought out twice, following Tony DeAngelo, who was bought out by Philadelphia last summer. Suter joined Dallas in 2021 after the Minnesota Wild bought him out following nine seasons with them. Over his three seasons with the Stars, he played all 82 regular season games each year. His most productive season with Dallas was his first, with his performance and ice time declining in subsequent seasons.

Reasons for the Buyout
Although Suter has had a decorated career, his performance has waned. Once a top-pair defenseman and 10-time Norris Trophy nominee, Suter’s current skills don’t match his peak. However, his high hockey IQ and playmaking ability could still benefit a young team as a mentor. Dallas, on the other hand, may prefer to open up playing time for emerging players and free up cap space for significant offseason moves.

Impact on the Dallas Stars
Suter’s departure affects the Stars both on and off the ice. He was a respected locker room leader. As noted by Saad Yousuf of The Athletic, keeping him might have led to pressure to favor him over newer players. Losing leaders like Suter and Joe Pavelski in one offseason presents a challenge, but their influence on younger players is expected to endure.

The buyout provides Dallas more flexibility to retain defenseman Chris Tanev and potentially forward Matt Duchene, who have shown interest in staying with the Stars. Tanev is particularly crucial for the team’s defensive strategy.

With the top defensive pairing of Miro Heiskanen and Esa Lindell secure, and with Jani Hakanpaa and Derrick Pouliot as unrestricted free agents, the Stars have decisions to make. Thomas Harley and Nils Lundkvist are restricted free agents, while Lian Bichsel is likely to join the lineup after nearly debuting in the Western Conference Final. The Stars may also seek a backup goaltender if Scott Wedgewood’s contract demands exceed what they are willing to offer.

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