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How many Sutters does it take….

On Friday, the Carolina Hurricanes recalled center Brett Sutter from the Charlotte Checkers on an emergency basis.  Ryan Carter will be out of the lineup for Saturday’s game at Tampa and Sutter will fill his shoes at fourth line center.  This will be Brett Sutter’s Hurricanes debut, and he’ll be wearing the number 42.  He has appeared in 18 NHL games over the last three seasons, all with the Calgary Flames.  He is the older cousin of Carolina’s alternate captain and third line center Brandon Sutter. He’s the nephew of Flames head coach Brent Sutter, who is Brandon’s dad.  He is the son of Darryl Sutter, who is the former GM of the Flames. 

This is the first time that two members of the second generation of Sutters have played together on the same NHL team.  For that matter, they are the only two in the NHL.  As far as the first generation goes, I know that Brent and Duane played together to win two Cups for the Islanders.  Brandon and Brett are cousins, not brothers.  However, they’re Sutters and it’s pretty dang cool to have two of them together.

Brett has played 18 NHL games and has tallied two (1/1) points and 12 penalty minutes.  He’s pretty far down the list of guys I’d expect to see recalled from Charlotte. In fact, he may be the last guy I would expect to be recalled.  He has just 14 (7/7) points in 33 games, and is well behind the list of NHL-ready guys at center like Jerome Samson and Jon Matsumoto.  I even thought we’d see the NHL debut of Riley Nash before we saw Brett Sutter. 

There must be a method to all of this, but I don’t know what it is. 

Nothing is certain at this point, but they’re saying that Ryan Carter is out for Saturday’s game at Tampa and “possible” for Sunday’s game at Atlanta. 

Meanwhile, the Checkers (who might have had Brett Sutter as a healthy scratch) will be hosting the lowly Albany Devils for a two-game set on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.  I’ll be at both of those games, so I won’t even see Brett’s Hurricane debut on teevee.  I’ll be DVRing both games for later review.

At the end of the day, as my grandpa used to say, to have one Sutter is a good thing.  To have two is a great thing. 

On a similar note, the Jared Staal experiment didn’t really go so well.  He’s down with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL, where he’s tallied 10 (5/5) points in 28 games.

We at RBH wish Brett the best as he makes his Carolina Hurricanes debut on Saturday night.

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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.