by Lisa McRitchie on 02/13/12 at 12:00 PM ET
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
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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