Updated: Aug 5, 2015
Today, it was announced by the Vancouver Canucks organization that the team and new acquisition Brandon Sutter have agreed upon a five year extension worth an average of $4.375 million dollars per season.
The Canadian forward is the son of former player and coach Brent Sutter and is part of the legendary Sutter family. The Sutter’s are a prominent family in all levels of hockey.
This off-season trade that sent Brandon Sutter from Pittsburgh over to Vancouver along with a third round pick in exchange for Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening, and a second round selection in next years entry draft, was made to help bolster the Canucks offensive production for this upcoming hockey season.
Although the twenty-six year old center has only been on the Vancouver Canucks for an ephemeral period of time, he is already highly praised by the Canucks organization. Jim Benning, general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, considers Sutter a “foundation piece” for the prestigious organization.
The 6 foot 3 center recorded twenty-one goals and tallied twelve assists in eighty games for the Pittsburgh Penguins organization last season. Although Sutter was only responsible for serving a third-line role for the Pittsburgh Penguins, he lead the team in faceoff efficiency, and his four short handed goals tied him for second amongst all active hockey players in the 2014-2015 National Hockey League season.
Although the Vancouver Canucks have been criticized all over social media for spending an abundant amount of money on a “third line center”, Brandon Sutter has an ample upside to his game. Sutter is a defensive specialist and the highlight of his game appears when his team is on the penalty kill. Regardless of the fact that Sutter’s offensive output playing in the N.H.L with the Carolina Hurricanes and the Pittsburgh Penguins has been considered meager and inadequate considering the amount of money he has earned playing professional hockey, a change of scenery has provided Sutter with an amazing opportunity to resurrect his career in Canada.
It is also possible that Sutter felt uncomfortable playing in the shadows of hockey stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. General manager of the Canucks, Jim Benning, feels that “Brandon will help with the Canucks overall team speed”.
As part of Sutter’s five year extension with Vancouver, Brandon was awarded a three year full no-trade clause as well as a two year modified no-trade clause. Under the agreements of a modified trade clause, Sutter has the autonomy of providing a list of fifteen hockey clubs and organizations that he would decline a trade to.
Although Vancouver Canuck fans are intrigued to see their team’s new center, hockey fanatics will have to wait until the start of training camp to observe Sutter’s hockey skills.