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Pens re-sign Sutter: two years, $6.6 million

Aug 5, 2014, 5:43 PM EDT

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Brandon Sutter got himself a raise.

Sutter, Pittsburgh’s gritty third-line center that came on strongly at the end of last season, has agreed to a two-year extension with the club worth $6.6 million. The deal carries an average annual cap hit of $3.3M — a nice bump from the $2.06M Sutter made annually on his last deal — and puts the Pens roughly $1 million away from the salary cap ceiling,

Sutter, 25, has struggled at times to match the kind of production he had in Carolina — he scored 21 goals and 40 points in his sophomore campaign — but is playing a different role with the Pens than he was with the ‘Canes. What’s more, Sutter was one of Pittsburgh’s better performers in last year’s playoffs, finishing third on the team with five goals while averaging just under 16 minutes per night.

This season, Sutter projects to center the club’s new-look third line, which could feature Nick Spaling (who came from Nashville in the James Neal trade) and Steve Downie.

 

  1. Tyler - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Good deal for the Penguins imo. Their bottom 6 looks better this year.

    • miketoasty - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      Like night and day. Not sure about how the defense is going to work out but at least the added depth should help a good bit.

    • jpelle82 - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      now if they can just stay healthy….

  2. storminator16 - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    “but is playing a different role with the Pens than he was with the ‘Canes”

    Not from what I’ve seen.

    • Mike Halford - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:58 PM

      Just to clarify… as a sophomore in CAR, he got 16:32 TOI per game and 1:55 PP time. Last year in PIT (his sixth pro season) he got 15:46 and 1:05. So it’s a bit of a different role in that regard.

      • m1k3g - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:26 PM

        That’s pretty impressive. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen someone cherrypick random stats so well just to support their argument.

        “He averaged 45 seconds less TOI and 50 seconds less on the PP”

        ….next thing you know they’re gonna throw goalie pads on him.

      • c9castine - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:51 PM

        i dont think people realize how much of a difference that is, or the situations in general.

        being in your 5th and 6th pro seasons playing less time than you were in your 2nd season and on a contending team is night and day really.

        we are talking about a difference of 2-3 players on a “depth chart”

  3. c9castine - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Told you so

  4. killerpgh - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    This leaves the Penguins with $930,833 in cap space. Still need 2 more forwards to round out the 23 man roster. The league minimum is $550,000 for a player on a NHL roster. So with a simple look at the cap a trade needs to be made to clear some space. But with potential LTIR space for Maata and others throughout the season it should possible to fit it under the cap. Probably just have some crazy call up and send downs the day the league officially start to maximize the LTIR space available. But if a surprise player like Kasperi Kapanen earns his way onto the roster that extra almost 1/2 million could make more head aches instead of just going with the projected roster and have someone like Zack Sill who “only” makes $550,000 be the 13th/14th forward.
    Rumor is that this contract doesn’t have any type of NMC/NTC which is normal when signing a RFA.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      Yeah it’ll be interesting to see what happens. My guess is that they’ll make a trade of some kind of a trade from the defense. Depending on how things are going with Pouliot and Maatta’s rehab I could see them moving Scuderi or Martin to open up a bit more cap space. Scuderi would get back basically nothing, but I’m not sure Harrington isn’t as good as Scuderi at this point in his career, while Martin is a UFA after this year and could probably get a decent return.

    • jpelle82 - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      i’m not following, they have guys signed already that can make up that remaining million if needed. plus 23 is the max not the minimum too

      dupuis crosby kunitz
      hornquist malkin bennett
      spaling sutter downie
      adams goc comeau/megna

      ebbett/sill/payerl are all at 550 or 650k

      kapanen is unlikely

      ehrhoff letang
      martin scuderi
      maatta despres/bortuzzo

      doumolin has interchangeable salary w/ maatta’s
      harrington is under 600k

      fleury
      greiss/zatkoff – zatkoff is 400k cheaper

  5. live4hockey - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Huge singing for the Pens!!

  6. jernster21 - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    He was the best player in the playoffs when the super stars decided to disappear, so he’s pretty much worth whatever he was asking for.

    • jernster21 - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      *for the pens, obviously.

  7. timmons94 - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Sutter does everything well… Stats would be better if played with better line mates. A team full of sutters would contend.. Good kid too

  8. pjblake2redwings - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Thats a killer 3rd line!

  9. kastout11 - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    I cannot stand the Pens, but this is an excellent move. Sutter could easily center the #2 line in Pittsburgh. He is solid and plays both ends of the ice, just like the rest of the Sutters.

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