Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 07/15/11 at 02:16 PM ET
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.
Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti agreed to a one-year two-way deal which will pay him $600k at the NHL level or $62,500 at the AHL level. He missed significant time last season with injuries, but managed to put up 15 (3/12) points from the blue line in 31 games. In the playoffs, he appeared in 10 games, notching no goals and two assists. He was acquired from the Rangers at the 2010 draft in exchange for a sixth round pick in that draft and a second round pick in the 2011 draft. He’s just 23 years old and the Canes hope that he will eventually develop into an NHL regular defenseman.
Brett Sutter played extremely well in the playoffs and if he has a good camp, he’ll put himself in a position to be a frequent call-up. Because Brody Sutter was selected in this year’s draft, there’s been a lot of buzz about the prospect of one day having a Sutter/Sutter/Sutter line. That’s at the very least three years off and a lot of things would have to fall into place in just the right way. It’s fun to think about, though.
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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.