Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter (20) moves the puck up the ice during an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars on Dec. 23. 2011. (AP Photo)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nashville Predators' All-star defenseman Ryan Suter is leaving Music City and heading to the upper Midwest. Suter signed with the Minnesota Wild Wednesday.
The Preds had been busy signing players since free agency began on July 1, but they still had one of their top targets remaining.
Suter decided on his future and it was not what the Predators had hoped for. He will ink a 13-year deal worth a reported $98 million.
Predators general manager David Poile said he made Suter a "significant offer" to stay in Nashville, but said Suter told him his decision was about more than money.
In a media teleconference Wednesday, Poile made it clear he was disappointed in Suter's decision.
"Ryan has told me in every conversation that money was not the most important criteria. He told me today that our offer was substantial, but it was not about the money in his final decision. It was for family reasons," said Poile.
Suter is a native of Wisconsin and his wife has ties to Minneapolis.
The Wild also signed coveted free agent forward Zach Parise Wednesday in a push to get to the Stanley Cup finals.