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Ryan Suter is the best defender available on the free agent market this season, and will also fetch a hefty price.
Suter would be a perfect compliment to Erik Johnson. The two would make a fantastic shutdown tandem.
He's primarily a defensive defenseman, but he has been known to flash some pretty solid offensive skills as well.
Not only would Suter fill out the top defensive pairing nicely, he'd make a great quarterback on the second power play unit.
The Avalanche penalty kill was greatly improved this past season, but Suter would help it become immediately better with his ability.
As the top player available, Suter will cash in on a big contract. This brings up the same issue as it would with Parise.
Avalanche ownership, which the Avalanche themselves are not strapped for cash, seem to prefer to stick around the cap floor rather than make any type of commitment to a top player.
Even if that player would be a perfect fit to their team.
Could Suter end up in Colorado?
Financially speaking, yes.
Will he? Doubtful.
My bet is that Suter ends up in Detroit.