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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.
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.
On Monday night at the Time-Warner Cable Arena, the Charlotte Checkers beat the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2-1 in overtime to take a 2-1 lead East Division final series of the Calder Cup playoffs. Charlotte will host the next two games Wednesday and Friday nights. Oddly, they have done in three post-season games what they could not do in eight regular season games: beat the Penguins twice. They lost all four home games in the regular season, but won the first home playoff game between the teams. It just goes to show that the playoffs are a completely different animal.
Chris Collins of the Penguins scored at 13:23 of the first, and for a long time it looked like Pens goalie Brad Thiessen was going to be unbeatable again. At 9:45 of the second, Nick Dodge finally snapped a Checkers scoreless streak that lasted four and a half periods. His fourth goal of the playoffs ended up being the last goal of regulation.
Just 5:40 into the bonus frame, Brett Sutter potted the game winner from right out in front. His third marker of the postseason was assisted by Zac Dalpe and Jacob Micflikier. Checkers goalie Mike Murphy made 26 saves for the win.
On Thursday night, the Charlotte Checkers won the first game of the East Division final 3-2 against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Baby Penguins. Jon Matsumoto scored two power play goals and Zac Dalpe netted his fourth of the playoffs. Zach Boychuk assisted on Dalpe’s goal to extend his points streak to seven games. He has at least one point in every game of the postseason. Brett Sutter, who has also had a hot hand, got the second assist on Dalpe’s goal.
Mike Murphy made his fifth straight start and got his fourth straight win, making 28 saves in the process.
On Sunday morning, the Hurricanes announced the recall of Jerome Samson and Zac Dalpe from the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL. Zach Boychuk, who has been up and down all season will be reassigned along with Brett Sutter, who was mysteriously recalled to the big team on Saturday.
Samson (Sam-SOH) is leading the Checkers in every offensive statistical category with 54 (26/28) points through 53 games. He was one of two Checkers to appear in the AHL All-Star game, where he notched a goal and two assists. This will be his first recall of the season. He played in seven games last season, earning two assists. He wore the number 67 last season, and it looks like he’ll wear number 71 today.
Dalpe has 36 (16/20) points in 35 games with the Checkers this season. He began the season on the big team, but has been up and down. This will be his third recall. He has appeared in 14 Hurricanes games, notching three goals and an assist. On New Year’s Day, he had the game-winning goal against the New Jersey Devils.
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.
On Monday, the Charlotte Checkers wrapped up a two game set with the Syracuse Crunch (Anaheim Ducks) with a blistering 10-3 win. They lost a tough one on Sunday 3-2 against the same team, but the retribution was swift and hard. There were nine different goal scorers and fifteen different players tallied at least one point.
The second period was an absolute explosion, in which the Checkers scored eight goals. In a span of 101 seconds, they scored four.
Crunch starting goaltender Timo Pielmeier was yanked early in the second after he had allowed a total of four goals, including two in 21 seconds. Backup netminder J-P Levasseur was terrible in relief, giving up two goals in his first 1:34. He was chased and Pielmeier was put back in for the rest of the game. He gave up four more to finish with eight goals against.
Newcomer Brett Sutter joined the fun, scoring his first professional goal. Riley Nash was the only player with two goals. The only skaters who did not register a point were Casey Borer, Drayson Bowman and Bryan Rodney.
Mike Murphy went the distance in nets for the Checkers. They’ll be off for the next three days before hosting two games (Friday, Sunday) against the defending Calder Cup champs Hershey Bears.
On Wednesday, the Hurricanes pulled off a major trade with the Calgary Flames. When they acquired rugged forward Troy Bodie on Tuesday, it looked like a trade might be on the horizon, but I didn’t expect this. The Canes sent mercurial defenseman Anton Babchuk and reliable fourth liner Tom Kostopoulos to the Flames in exchange for defenseman Ian White and forward Brett (cousin of Brandon) Sutter. The new players are not available and defenseman Brett Carson has been recalled from Charlotte.
Brett Sutter, who is the nephew of Flames coach Brent Sutter and the son of Flames GM Darryl Sutter has been in the papers recently, but not for the right reasons. In his best imitation of Chicago Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane, he was arrested for punching a cab driver in Arizona. Neither his assignment to the AHL nor this trade has anything to do with the incident. Apparently, this has been in the works since late October.
I like this trade. I like it a lot. Carolina gives up something to get something, and they end up taking on some salary cap, but I really like it.