When Philadelphia surprised everyone by giving Predator defenseman a 14-year, $110 million offer sheet, we were awed by Paul Holmgren's balls and savvy, and sad for Nashville fans, most of whom are actually quite devoted (there's just not enough to of them to, you know, make the team profitable.) We assumed Nashville wouldn't, couldn't match—more for the fact that they were actively looking to trade him than frontloaded $68 million over six years it would have cost them. It would have been the "two" in a one-two punch led by Ryan Suter chasing the money to Minnesota.
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