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Minnesota Wild: Ryan Suter's new Defense Partner

 

If reports coming out of Philly and Nashville are true, Ryan Suter’s old defense partner is set to make 27 million dollars this upcoming calendar year.

His new defense partner? $535,000

The Star Tribune’s Mike Russo reports that Jared Spurgeon will pair with  Suter to form the Wild’s top defensive tandem.

Spurgeon certainly has large skates to fill, literally and figuratively. Suter has been skating with perennial Norris Trophy candidate Shea Weber in Nashville over the past few seasons where the 6’4”, 232 pound behemoth complimented his steady partner with a booming slap shot and a strong physical presence.

Spurgeon ...

White Fit

The Detroit Red Wings did not make a huge splash in free agency this offseason. Everyone probably expected them to, but with a weaker crop of players out there, Detroit did the smart thing and didn't sign James Wisniewski or Ed Jovanovski for a way too much money.

Instead they did the smart thing and signed Ian White to a 2 year deal worth $2.875 per season (ironically less than Jonathan Ericsson's whopper of a deal).

At first, Wings fans seemed to be disappointed with White's signing. I myself was sceptical as to whether he could fill Brian Rafalski...