Defenseman Ryan Suter signs contract with new team!

Defenseman Ryan Suter signs contract with new team!

Despite two career buyouts, he’s back:

Chris Gosselin

The St. Louis Blues have announced that they have signed veteran defenseman Ryan Suter to a one-year contract. The deal is worth a base salary of $775,000 and includes up to an additional $2.225 million in performance bonuses.

This is good news for Suter, who became the second player in NHL history to be bought out twice, joining fellow rearguard Tony DeAngelo in the books.

Suter spent the last three seasons with the Dallas Stars but saw his minutes drop in 2023-24, dipping to 18:56 per night, the lowest since his rookie year back in 2005-06 when he was with the Nashville Predators. On top of that, he saw his lowest point total as he managed just two goals and 15 assists although he played in all 82 games for the third consecutive year. The 39-year-old also posted four points in 19 postseason contests but his ice time was a bit lower, checking in at 17:50 per game.

Last month, the Stars opted to buy out the final year and $3.65MM remaining on his contract. Suter will now be paid by three different teams since he still gets money from the Minnesota Wild, who bought him out in 2021.

Suter currently ranks first among active defensemen in career games played, sixth in points, 15th in goals, is tied for third in assists, ninth in penalty minutes, and 13th in plus-minus (+120). He has accumulated 681 points (105 goals, 576 assists) and 761 penalty minutes in 1,444 career regular-season games as well as 44 points (seven goals, 37 assists) in 133 career postseason appearances.

Source: Blues on X