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from Tracey Myers of NHL.com,
Ryan Suter is 36 years old, but the Dallas Stars defenseman said he has plenty of hockey ahead of him.
"I think I can play until I'm 45 if I want," Suter said Thursday. "I just think the way I play. My play hasn't gone down over the last 10 years. I think it's actually gotten better."
Suter signed a four-year, $14.6 million contract ($3.65 million average annual value) with Dallas on Wednesday. He was an unrestricted free agent after he had the final four seasons of his 13-year, $98 million contract ($7.54 million AAV) bought out by the Minnesota Wild on July 13.
Suter scored 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) in 56 games last season and had one assist in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games.
"It was a good conversation I had with all the teams and a lot of them felt he same way I did, like, 'You can play as long as you want the way you play. You really don't get hit that often. You think the game, you make good hard passes, you're in shape, you take care of your body,'" Suter said. "So just kind of all those things give me a lot of confidence that I can play after this contract if I want to."