New Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford wasn’t going to lose center Brandon Sutter for a second time. Rutherford, who was Carolina’s GM at the 2012 NHL Draft, included him in the deal that sent center Jordan Staal to the Hurricanes. He did not want to give up Sutter, but he had to in order to acquire Staal. It’s amazing how many things can change in two years. Rutherford and Sutter are back together again and the Penguins were able to re-sign the restricted free agent to a two-year, $6.6 million contract. Pittsburgh’s third-line center registered 5 goals and 2 assists in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs for the Penguins and hopes to build on that performance in the next two years with the team. He also has scored at least ten goals in each of his past five seasons. Signing the 25 year-old was the final big move on Rutherford’s list and this could wrap up free agency for the Penguins. They may add some AHL depth or invite a player to camp, but Sutter is now officially back in the fold. His contract will pay him $3.3 million per season, which leaves Pittsburgh with about $930,833 left in cap space.
Penguins Re-Sign Brandon Sutter
Published on August 6th, 2014