Feb 13, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT
Call him an expert if you want to, but if defenseman Andy Sutton was looking to make sure he wasn’t going to be traded he’s done just that.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie confirms weekend reports that Sutton is signing a one-year extension to stay with the Edmonton Oilers. McKenzie says the deal is worth $1.5 million with $250,000 in games played bonuses possible. This season with the Oilers, Sutton has three goals and six assists to go with his 56 penalty minutes in 33 games.
Sutton is a physical presence on the blue line to the point of distraction at times after being suspended a couple times this season for different questionable hits including an eight-game ban for a hit on Jeff Skinner. That kind of toughness and leadership was something Oilers GM Steve Tambellini apparently appreciates though as he would’ve had the opportunity to deal him at the trade deadline this year. That’s all changed now as Sutton won’t be going anywhere now on February 27.
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