Andy Sutton signs one-year extension with Edmonton

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Call him an expert if you want to, but if defenseman Andy Sutton was looking to make sure he wasn’t going to be traded he’s done just that.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie confirms weekend reports that Sutton is signing a one-year extension to stay with the Edmonton Oilers. McKenzie says the deal is worth $1.5 million with $250,000 in games played bonuses possible. This season with the Oilers, Sutton has three goals and six assists to go with his 56 penalty minutes in 33 games.

(Update: Here’s the Oilers’ release on the re-signing)

Sutton is a physical presence on the blue line to the point of distraction at times after being suspended a couple times this season for different questionable hits including an eight-game ban for a hit on Jeff Skinner. That kind of toughness and leadership was something Oilers GM Steve Tambellini apparently appreciates though as he would’ve had the opportunity to deal him at the trade deadline this year. That’s all changed now as Sutton won’t be going anywhere now on February 27.

It looks like Havlat won’t make Panthers

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As PHT’s mentioned before, the Florida Panthers stand as a fascinating contrast between youth and experience.

Let’s not kid ourselves, though; fresh faces usually beat out gray beards, at least when it comes to teams that are still trying to build toward contender status.

While it’s by no means official, two Panthers beat writers – the Miami Herald’s George Richards and the Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Harvey Fialkov – report that the Panthers are likely to pass on Martin Havlat.

It wasn’t just about the likes of Jonathan Huberdeau and Nick Bjugstad leading the charge. Other young Panthers (maybe most notably Quinton Howden and Connor Brickley) made the team, thus making Havlat less necessary.

One would assume that it might be tough for the 34-year-old to find work, at least if he insists upon only an NHL deal.

Health issues continue to dog him, but he’s no longer one of those guys who tantalizes with talent when he is healthy enough to play.

Havlat also doesn’t really bring much to the table defensively. While other veterans can kill penalties and show a little more verstaility, Havlat’s greatest selling point is scoring.

Could this be it for a solid career that may nonetheless end with a “What if?” or two?

Silfverberg is set to practice again after Torres hit

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Considering all of the controversy surrounding the 41-game suspension for Raffi Torres, some might have lost track of the guy who received that hit: Jakob Silfverberg.

The good news is that, at the moment, it seems like he’s OK.

The Anaheim Ducks announced that he skated on his own and will be involved in the team’s next practice:

That falls in line with some of the fall-out from the hit, as head coach Bruce Boudreau let out a relieved “thank goodness” at the young forward seemingly dodging a bullet.

Here’s video of the hit and the suspension decision:

Silfverberg, 24, enjoyed a nice breakout in 2014-15, especially during the playoffs.

Keep in mind that injuries can sometimes crop up later than expected, especially potential head injuries/concussions. Still, it seems like the initial reaction is that the damage was minimal.