Sutter, Pittsburgh’s gritty third-line center that came on strongly at the end of last season, has agreed to a two-year extension with the club worth $6.6 million. The deal carries an average annual cap hit of $3.3M — a nice bump from the $2.06M Sutter made annually on his last deal — and puts the Pens roughly $1 million away from the salary cap ceiling,
Sutter, 25, has struggled at times to match the kind of production he had in Carolina — he scored 21 goals and 40 points in his sophomore campaign — but is playing a different role with the Pens than he was with the ‘Canes. What’s more, Sutter was one of Pittsburgh’s better performers in last year’s playoffs, finishing third on the team with five goals while averaging just under 16 minutes per night.
This season, Sutter projects to center the club’s new-look third line, which could feature Nick Spaling (who came from Nashville in the James Neal trade) and Steve Downie.
Video: Rangers shut out red-hot Sidney Crosby and the Penguins
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.
Matt Frattin was traded by the Leafs to Ottawa yesterday as part of the Dion Phaneuf blockbuster.
But for now, he’s staying in Toronto.
On Wednesday, Sens GM Bryan Murray announced that Frattin will remain with the Leafs’ AHL affiliate — the Toronto Marlies — on loan, but will be available for selection should Ottawa require his services down the road.
Frattin, 28, has spent all of this season with the Marlies, scoring nine goals and 22 points in 47 games. His last NHL appearance came during the ’14-15 campaign, with the Leafs.
Prior to that, the former North Dakota standout had spent time in Los Angeles and Columbus.