RALEIGH — Carolina Hurricanes center Brandon Sutter has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the team that will pay him $1.5 million next season, $2 million in 2012-13 and $2.7 million in 2013-14.
"I'm pretty excited to get this done," Sutter said today. "With this done, I can just concentrate on my play and nothing else and continue to work to develop my game."
A first-round selection for Carolina in the 2007 NHL draft, Sutter, 22, established career highs in games played (82), penalty minutes (25) and plus/minus rating (+13) last season, his third with the Hurricanes.
“Brandon is one of the cornerstones of our franchise moving forward,” said Carolina president and general manager Jim Rutherford. “He is an extremely intelligent player who can perform in all situations, and has already grown into a leadership position for the Hurricanes at a very young age.”
Sutter totaled 14 goals and 15 assists (29 points) and led all Carolina forwards in shorthanded ice time (2:21 per game). The 6-foot-3 center from Red Deer, Alberta also led all Carolina forwards and ranked tied for seventh among NHL forwards in blocked shots (73), and was first on the team in plus/minus (+13).