The Minnesota Wild's $98 million signing of free agent defenseman Ryan Suter last July has been called a lot of things. Expensive. Transformative. Smart.

But no one had called it a steal until Wednesday when Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz tried to stir up a rivalry with their new Central Division rivals.

"We've got to start new rivalries like us and Minnesota. They stole Ryan Suter so I want to kick their butt plain and simple" Trotz said during an interview with a Nashville radio station.

The Wild and Predators will butt heads often in the new seven-team division that debuts this season. The new rivalry will be joined in Nashville's home opener the season's third game on Oct. 8.

The Predators reportedly offered Suter a mere $90 million last year so he headed north and enjoyed his greatest season as a pro. He was a finalist for the Norris Trophy emblematic of the league's best defenseman and made the All-NHL first team for the first time.

Suter also helped lead the Wild to their first playoff berth in five years though they were eliminated quickly by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

The Predators got a little revenge last month though by signing away one of the Wild's stars.

"We got Matt Cullen back" Trotz told WPRT-FM in Nashville referring to the Wild center and Virginia Minn. native who left as a free agent after three seasons in Minnesota.