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NHL notes: Ryan Suter softens stance against Wild owner

Wild defenceman Ryan Suter. (CHRISTIAN PETERSEN/Getty Images/AFP file photo)

Wild defenceman Ryan Suter. (CHRISTIAN PETERSEN/Getty Images/AFP file photo)

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, Last Updated: 11:44 PM ET

Minnesota Wild defenceman Ryan Suter backed off his earlier claims that the contract he signed over the summer was negotiated in bad faith by the team.

On Friday, Suter expressed frustration that the identical 13-year, $98 million contacts he and Zach parise signed in July weren't actually going to be honoured once the lockout ends. He said Wild owner Craig Leipold "signed us to contracts. A couple months before, everything is fine, and now they want to take money out of our contracts that we already signed."

Apparently Suter didn't really mean to imply that Leipold negotiated in bad faith, though.

"I don't question Craig Leipold and Minnesota with regards to negotiating our contracts in good faith. I don't question that," Suter told the Star Tribune. "It's just frustrating. We just want to play. We support Don (Fehr) in what he's doing. Obviously, you sign a contract and you want to hold true to that.

"Just moving forward, I don't want to get into a battle about that. I don't want to be a poster boy. I'm just trying to be honest with you. I don't question Craig, I don't feel like it was negotiated unfaithfully or untruthfully."

BRODEUR HEALING

New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur is considering a temporary move to Europe.

But he'll need to get healthy first. Brodeur broke a finger during a recent scrimmage, according to ESPN, and has been off the ice for the last week.

"Just a little break on the tip of my finger, so I can't really do anything right now," Brodeur said. "If there was NHL, I'd probably play. But I'm not going to go skate with four guys with it. There's nothing to it, though."

If the lockout doesn't end soon, Brodeur will look to join a European team. He told his agent, Pat Brisson, to target the middle of November for that to happen.

"I told him I don't want to steal anyone's job, but if there's an opportunity for me to play somewhere, I'd be more willing to go, especially now with negotiations coming to a halt," Brodeur said.

ELLER OFF TO FINLAND

The Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller will join JYP Jyvaskyla of the Finnish league, the team announced Monday.

"I am excited to be going to Europe and play again," Eller wrote on Twitter. "I will miss Montreal."

The 23-year-old Denmark native will join fellow NHLer Rich Peverley of the Boston Bruins on JYP.

Eller had 16 goals and 12 assists in 79 games with Montreal last season.

Meanwhile, Nashville Predators centre Craig Smith is leaving the Finnish league and returning home for personal reasons.

Smith had four goals and four assists in eight games with KalPa.

BRIEFLY

Forward Matt Bradley, bought out in June by the Florida Panthers, has signed with TuTo of the Finnish second division. Bradley had three goals and five assists in 45 games with the Panthers in 2011-12 before a concussion ended his season early ... Columbus Blue Jackets forward Vinny Prospal agreed to terms with HC Mountfield of the Czech Extraliga. Prospal joins fellow NHLers Andrew Ference, Martin Hanzal and Milan Michalek with Mountfield ... Florida Panthers forward Mike Santorelli has left Tingsryd, the Swedish second division team he signed with earlier this month. He reportedly became "unsatisfied" with team management after just four games ... Former NHL goaltender Dan Ellis was named the AHL's player of the week Monday. Ellis, who signed with the Charlotte Checkers in September, won a pair of games and made 27 saves for his first shutout of the season Saturday in Peoria.


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