Red and Black Hockey
The Carolina Hurricanes have come to terms on contract renewals for Brett Sutter and Bobby Sanguinetti. Each has re-signed for one year on a two-way deal.
Sutter, who played very well in the playoffs for the Checkers, will be paid the NHL minimum of $525k, or $75k at the AHL level. The contract has a guarantee of $105k. He scored 21 (9/12) points in 60 regular season games, then led the Checkers with 14 (4/10) points and a +4 rating in 16 playoff games. He appeared in one game for the Hurricanes last season, with no offensive stats to show.
Although there are some ridiculous rumors circulating about a possible trade involving Ales Hemsky of the Oilers, the Hurricanes are done with signings for the big team. In the last 24 hours, they’ve seen one of the key pieces for the Checkers sign elsewhere and they quickly got some help down there.
On Thursday afternoon, the Capitals signed 27-year old left winger Jacob Micflikier to a one-year contract to play in Hershey. Today, the Canes signed 30-year old Chris Durno, who had been captain of the Norfolk Admirals (Tampa Bay)
On Wednesday afternoon, the Carolina Hurricanes and alternate captain Brandon Sutter finally came to an agreement. For weeks, the media has been telling us “the deal could be done as soon as today”, and today, the waiting finally ended.
As everyone expected, the deal is for three years. As everyone except me expected, the deal is for a hit of just a skosh over $2M. I was wildly speculating that he would earn over $3M per season, and this is a pretty good deal. The three year deal will pay a total of $6.2M, starting with $1.5 in 2011-12, followed by $2M, then finally $2.7M in 2013-14.
After weeks of hearing “the deal could be finalized as soon as today”, the deal has finally been finalized. According to reliable sources, the Hurricanes and Brandon Sutter have agreed to a contract renewal. No details yet. A safe assumption is that the deal is for no more than three years. That was the thing that Sutter’s camp was demanding. I’ve been postulating all summer long that the deal would be for just north of $3M per season. I’ve heard a lot of arguments that he should be paid considerably less than that, but I’m sticking to it.
Whenever the details become available, I’ll share them.
With that, the Canes should be done for the summer.
The most famous family in hockey is the Sutters. Brothers Brent, Brian, Darryl, Duane, Rich and Ron were NHL superstars in the 1970s and 80s. Their oldest brother Gary worked in a lumber yard and won a ton of money in the lottery. They all have hockey-playing sons. Three of those second-generation Sutters are in the Carolina Hurricanes organization. There was news for two of them today.
There’s a sweater number debate in Carolina that got solved by Twitter. It’s not as exciting as the Mike Commodore situation in Detroit, but it’s still pretty neat.
Tim Brent (@Brenter37), who signed with the Hurricanes on July 1, had a dilemma on his hands, and he turned to Twitter to get it resolved. He’s always loved the number 8 and he always wore that as a kid, but has never been able to wear it in the NHL. In Carolina, he finally has an opportunity, but he thought that 37 was pretty good to him. He left it up to the twitterverse, and the end result is that he’s going with 37.
Just seconds after the Tomas Kaberle acquisition, the Hurricanes traded away the guy who had been the “old man” on the blue line when they sent Joe Corvo to the Bruins for a fourth round draft pick.
I knew something must have been up for that brand-name acquisition to have happened. Corvo was in the final year of a contract that will pay him $2.25M in 2011-12. In the end, Carolina is taking on $2M in salary. But I still don’t think they’re done. They still need to acquire a forward.
It was just reported that defenseman Tomas Kaberle, brother of former Hurricane Frantisek Kaberle, has signed a three-year deal with the Hurricanes for $12.75M.
Another offensive defenseman?
I guess this precludes the re-signing of depth defenseman Derek Joslin. It also suggests that there might be a trade in the works. More details later.
On Friday, Carolina lost one of its star players to free agency, then added five new players. They added four forwards and a goalie. None was a blockbuster, but all should be great additions to the team.
The biggest addition was goaltender Brian Boucher, who is the only active NHLer from the state of Rhode Island. Like most of the free agent netminders on the market, he made his name as a starting goalie but now must make his money as a backup, most recently for Philadelphia. He holds the record for longest shutout streak with five consecutive shutouts in during the 2003-04 season. Since the lockout, Carolina will be his seventh NHL team.
On Friday, they also added Tim Brent and Alexie Ponikarovsky from the Leafs. Both already have highlight reel stuff from games against Carolina. Brent for being awesome and Poni for being lazy. More on this in a bit.
On Saturday, they added two more. Right wing Anthony Stewart from the Thrashers, who Jim Rutherford described as a “late bloomer”. They also added some organizational depth in left wing/tough guy Justin Soryal, who has played his entire professional career with the Rangers AHL team.
The Hurricanes have come to terms with 27-year old free agent Tim Brent for two years at a total of $1.5M. This is the fourth line center they were looking for. Good on draws, capable of chipping in a little bit of offense. Good signing. Good price. After the dust settles, I’ll have a more detailed post.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.