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Andy Sutton Off of the Trade Market - Updated

Cross Andy Sutton off of the Oilers’ list of available players. Rumours floated all weekend that Sutton would be re-signed imminently and Monday morning TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweeted:

Andy Sutton’s new 1 year deal with EDM has a base salary of $1.5m with $250K in games played bonuses.

This deal is great because Andy Sutton is the first Oiler in well over a decade to get suspended for standing up for teammates and playing a hard, physical game. At the same time, this deal is potentially dangerous because Andy Sutton is the first Oilers in well over a decade to receive multiple suspensions on the season for playing a hard, physical game.

Having Andy Sutton in the lineup potentially means that there is someone other than Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner to be out on the ice fighting and making the big hits. But, that is only when Sutton is in the lineup and not suspended or sitting in the pressbox.

Sutton has been doing thefor the latter most recently, so it is interesting that to hear that he is about to be re-signed.

Moving Sutton at the trade deadline would have made sense. Sutton could have been a good rental piece for a team hoping to make a playoff run, but apparently the Oilers didn’t want to take chances bringing Sutton back in the offseason and Sutton is a player who believes in what is happening in Edmonton and wants to be a part of it.

The 6’6” 245 lbs defenceman has 3 goals, 6 assists and 56 penalty minutes in 33 games with the Oilers this season. Sutton has been suspended twice and for a total of 13 games; 5 games for a hit on Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche and 8 games for his hit on Alexei Ponikarovsky.

This story is also being confirmed by Sportsnet’s Mark Spector:

#Oilers Sutton’s 1-yr deal pays $1.5 million, with another $250,000 in bonuses attached to games played and making the playoffs

UPDATE: The Oilers have made the official announcement:

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with defenceman Andy Sutton on a one-year contract extension.

Sutton, 36, has appeared in 33 games with the Oilers this season, collecting three goals and six assists along with 56 penalty minutes.

The 6’6”, 245-pound rearguard was acquired on July 1, 2011 from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Kurtis Foster.

In 657 career NHL games, the London, Ontario native has 149 points (38G, 111A) and 1,161 penalty minutes. He has also played for the San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild, Atlanta Thrashers, New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators.

Sutton, who was undrafted, played four seasons with the NCAA’s Michigan Tech, collecting 56 points (22G, 34A) in 121 games, including 40 points in 38 games in his final year.

Oilers GM Steve Tambellini comments on the signing:

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Paul's avatar

Official Oilers announcement.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/13/12 at 02:16 PM ET

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Posted by Lisa Brown on 02/13/12 at 02:20 PM ET


Since when did signing a 1 year contract or any contract mean you are off the trade block?? If anything it means they can actually trade him now and he becomes a better rental piece.

Posted by John from Michigan on 02/13/12 at 04:23 PM ET


Posted by John from Michigan on 02/13/12 at 01:23 PM ET

Well, any team that might be looking for a rental will be less willing to trade for him.

Posted by Garth on 02/13/12 at 04:34 PM ET


Not at that price and since you can bury players in the minors, thus changes nothing regarding him not bring traded

Posted by John on 02/13/12 at 04:41 PM ET

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Of course there is still the possibility that Sutton will be moved, but I thought that that Oilers were sending the message that they wanted to keep Sutton.

They will continue to struggle attracting UFAs until they actually start winning and the talk around town is that Sutton really wants to stay in Edmonton. So, I’m still just guessing, but I think that this is the Oilers trying to keep a veteran happy and assure him that they want to do what they can to keep him happy and in the plans.

Posted by Lisa Brown on 02/13/12 at 05:06 PM ET


Not at that price and since you can bury players in the minors, thus changes nothing regarding him not bring traded

Of course it does.

First off, everyone always talks about being able to bury contracts in the minors, but how many significant contracts actually DO get buried?

And there’s a reason that teams like to pick up rentals.  They fill a specific short-term need and it allows the team to experiment and see if the player works out on the team before committing to him.  If Sutton were on an expiring contract any team looking for that type of player could have him for about 20 regular season games and the playoffs, then if the team and player mesh together the two can work out a deal that they both like.

While it’s possible that he could get traded, signing a contract, especially a one-year contract that is a raise over his current salary, suggests that the Oilers aren’t going to shop him.

To say that it changes nothing is patently ridiculous.

Posted by Garth on 02/13/12 at 05:47 PM ET

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for standing up for teammates and playing a hard, physical game

read: headhunting.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 02/13/12 at 08:15 PM ET


Sutton’s a goon. His multiple suspension do NOT show that he plays a “hard physical game.” They show he plays a dirty game and looks to injure his opponents on the ice.
You could say I’m not a fan of his.
There’s a difference between a hard physical game and being a goon. He doesn’t only cross the line, he leaves it so far behind, you can’t tell there is a line.

Posted by teldar on 02/14/12 at 03:35 AM ET

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