Former Predators defenseman Ryan Suter admitted he was surprised by the boos that rained down on him from the sellout crowd of 17,113 at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

Suter, who signed a 13-year, $98 million free-agent contract with the Minnesota Wild in the offseason, had expected some sort of negative reaction from the Predators fans, but nothing like what he experienced.

Every time Suter jumped on the ice, the Predators fans let them know what they felt about his decision with derisive cheers. Suter was drafted in the first round by Nashville in 2003 and spent seven seasons with the Predators.

“I spent seven years here; I had a great time here. I had a lot of respect for the fans. I mean, I still do. It’s part of being a fan, I understand that, but it’s tough to take,” Suter said. “I was just trying to get through it, trying to block it out. It’s not fun being booed. It went the whole game, too. That kind of surprised me. They’ll probably have some sore throats tomorrow.”