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Deal (and no deal) with the Sutter cousins

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.

It was expected that alternate captain Brandon (son of Brent) was going to come to terms with the Hurricanes today on a contract renewal.  The widespread speculation is that the deal will be for three years.  There’s not really a consensus on what the money will be, but my guess is that it will be just north of $3M per season. Other Hurricanes fans and bloggers are guessing that it won’t even be $2.5M.  We’ve been told for a week now that the deal is imminent, but there won’t be any deal Monday. 

Cousin Brett (son of Darryl) spent most of last season with the AHL Charlotte Checkers after coming over in a multi-player trade with the Flames in November.  He played in one game for the Hurricanes and he accumulated 21 (9/12) points in 60 games for the Checkers.  He also contributed 14 (4/10) points in 16 playoff games as the Checkers reached the Eastern Conference finals. 
Although one had nothing to do with the other, Brett Sutter was involved in an altercation with a Phoenix cab driver just days before the trade.  Patrick Kane wasn’t there.  Today, Brett’s day in court came.  He pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct and was fined $323.60.  He was originally charged with two counts of assault, but the lesser of the two was dropped and the more severe one amended.  He will possibly (but probably not) face additional fines of restitution to the cabbie. 

Meanwhile, cousin Brody (son of Duane) was in Raleigh participating in the Hurricanes rookie camp.  He was selected in the seventh round of this summer’s Entry Draft.  The only account I’ve heard was a tweet from one of the Filed in: | Red and Black Hockey | Permalink
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To call the Sutter Brothers “superstars” demonstrates a clear lack of understanding of hockey and its history.  They were each of them far from such a calibre of play.  Superstars in the late 70s and 80s were the likes of Marcel Dionne, Wayne Gretzky, Guy Lafleur, Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier, Ken Dryden, Billy Smith, Grant Fuhr.  A few of the Sutters were very good players (particularly Brian and Darryl.  Duane and Brent were decent checking line forwards and twins Rich and Ron were solid NHLers for a long-time.  Superstars they most certainly were not.

Posted by Marvin K. Mooney on 07/12/11 at 11:17 AM ET

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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. 

David has contributed to CBC.ca for their Stanley Cup playoff coverage in 2006 and to the New York Times Slapshot blog for theirs in 2008. Red and Black Hockey was founded in July of 2005.