The Penguins have re-signed forward Brandon Sutter to a two-year contract worth $6.6 million.
Sutter, 25, is coming off his best playoff performance to date. He set new career highs in goals (5), assists (2), points (7), shorthanded goals (1) and plus/minus (+7), while his 2:57 average shorthanded time on ice per game ranked second among all Pittsburgh forwards. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Sutter suited up for 81 of Pittsburgh’s 82 games in 2013-14, tallying 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points. Sutter played a vital role in the NHL’s No. 5-ranked penalty kill unit (85%), placing second among all Pittsburgh forwards with 2:18 shorthanded minutes per game.
Sutter (lower-body) is questionable for Game 1 vs. the Rangers.
Sutter skated on the Penguins third line with Joe Vitale and Beau Bennett and also took part in power-play drills so it looks like he will return to the lineup, but Dan Bylsma would not reveal his lineup.
Sutter (lower-body) is practicing for the second straight day.
Sutter was injured in game 6 against the Blue Jackets, but it looks like he avoided a serious injury and will be ready for game 1 vs. the Rangers on Friday. Sutter has scored three goals and added two assists in six postseason games.
Sutter (lower-body) left Monday's game and did not return.
Sutter was injured while killing a penalty in the second period. While Sutter was able to finish his shift, he limped to the bench when it was done and needed assistance heading down the runway. If Sutter’s injury is long-term, it will be a huge loss for the Pens. He was arguably Pittsburgh’s best player in Game 5 and was the catalyst behind their 3-1 win, which set the stage for them to clinch the series tonight.
Sutter is skate with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz.
With Brian Gibbons out for at least one week the Penguins had to move someone to Crosby's line, which we now know is Sutter. Sutter certainly gets a boost in fantasy value for the foreseeable future, he has 16 points (8G / 8A) in 47 games this season.
In Malkin’s absence, the Penguins will adjust their lineup for Sunday. The team will elevate its centers with Brandon Sutter assuming Malkin’s spot between Beau Bennett and James Neal, Dustin Jeffrey centering Matt Cooke and Tyler Kennedy, and Joe Vitale filling the role on the fourth line.
Depending on how long Malkin is out Sutter could be a nice pickup playing alongside James Neal.
Sutter is happy to be in that mix. He had five power-play goals two years ago, when he finished with 21 goals, but had limited power-play time last season as his total goals dipped to 14.
Sutter played a more defensive role last season, centering the third line. He should improve his offensive output to the 40 point range with more PP time. The subtraction of Erik Cole should give him a nice opening.
Finally, some news several fans have been waiting for, restricted free agent Brandon Sutter agreed to a three-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes today. The deal will pay the center a total of $6.2 million over the term of the contract, ($1.5 million in year one, $2 million in year two, and $2.7 million in year three.)