Ryan Suter May Wait Until After July 1 To Make Free Agency Decision

OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 27: Team Chara Ryan Suter of the Nashville Predators speaks with the press during the 2012 NHL All-Star Game Player Media Availability at the Westin Ottawa on January 27, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Ryan Suter may wait until after July 1 to make his decision in free agency.

Defenseman Ryan Suter is one of the big time unrestricted free agents set to hit the market on Sunday, but he may keep the hockey world waiting on his ultimate decision. According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Nashville Predators defenseman could wait beyond July 1 to announce his decision, and he won't meet with teams on the day free agency opens.

As for Ryan Suter, his agent, Neil Sheehy, will be in International Falls fielding phone calls while his client is at his farm in Wisconsin. Teams won't be meeting face-to-face with Suter on July 1, although at some point Suter may meet with some teams. It sounds like a Suter decision could take a few days or longer.

The Detroit Red Wings seem like the front-runner for Suter's services. If Suter waits beyond July 1 to make his decision, it could have a trickle down on the entire market as teams wait to see if they'll get the top prize before moving on to other options. It could make for a slow day -- at least in terms of the market on defense -- on Sunday afternoon.

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