Minnesota general manager Bill Guerin informed Suter on Tuesday that the Wild will buy out the remaining four years on his contract, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports. The Wild are also cutting forward Zach Parise, who like Suter, has been a longtime mainstay in the lineup since the two signed identical 13-year, $98 million deals with the organization on July 4, 2012. Given that Suter's ice time and offensive production fell off dramatically in 2020-21, other teams around the league may not have interest on putting in a waiver claim for the 36-year-old blueliner, who is due $6.7 million from the Wild over the next four years.
Suter recorded an assist and two shots on goal in Friday's 6-2 loss to the Golden Knights in Game 7. Suter led all skaters with 28:50 of ice time after Jonas Brodin left the contest with an injury in the first period. The 36-year-old Suter only mustered one assist in seven playoff contests. He also produced a minus-4 rating, nine shots on net, 10 hits and 10 blocked shots in a top-four role.
Suter scored a goal on three shots in Thursday's 7-3 loss to St. Louis. The veteran defenseman wristed a point shot through traffic and it found its way into the net, giving the Wild a 2-0 lead just 4:06 into the game. The goal, Suter's third of the season, snapped his personal eight-game point drought. Suter finished the regular season with 19 points in 56 contests.
Suter tallied a goal on three shots and had two blocks in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Sharks. Suter opened the scoring just 19 seconds into the game, jumping into a rush and beating Sharks goalie Martin Jones with a long-range shot from the right circle. It was Suter's second goal of the season and first since March 22, ending a 16-game drought. The veteran workhorse has 18 points and a plus-3 rating in 47 contests this season.
Suter produced an assist and blocked two shots in Friday's 4-2 win over the Kings. Suter had the lone helper on a Joel Eriksson Ek empty-net goal in the third period. The 36-year-old Suter has two assists in his last three games, although he's gone 16 contests without a goal. The Wisconsin native has 17 points, 70 shots on net, 54 blocked shots and an even plus-minus rating through 46 appearances in what's been a down year.
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