Tag: Andy Sutton


PHT Morning Skate: Oilers’ players react to new coach

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Edmonton Oilers’ players will miss former head coach Ralph Krueger, but they want to make sure their newest bench boss, Dallas Eakins, has a longer tenure. (Edmonton Journal)

Which shutdown players will be assigned to which star forwards in the Stanley Cup finals? (CSN New England)

The Sedin twins are interested in staying in Vancouver, but it doesn’t sound like they’re in any hurry to re-sign. Henrik and Daniel’s contracts run through the 2013-14 campaign. (Sportsnet)

With his playing days behind him, former NHL defenseman Andy Sutton is focused on his company, H3llium, which makes protective padding. Still, even with that to occupy his time, retiring from playing hasn’t been easy. “People should talk more about it, because it is quite something to be almost 40 and basically have to reinvent yourself.” (Edmonton Journal)

With the Pittsburgh Penguins up against the salary cap, they will be relying on some of their younger guys to play big roles next season. (McKeesport Daily News)

Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference knows firsthand what it feels like to win and lose in the Stanley Cup finals. He doesn’t want to experience the latter again. (CSN New England)

Andy Sutton announces retirement from NHL

Pittsburgh Penguins v Edmonton Oilers

Veteran defenseman Andy Sutton is hanging up his skates.

Sutton, 38, announced his retirement through the National Hockey League Players’ Association on Wednesday.

“My NHL career enabled me to not only play the game I love, but to also be a part of something that so many kids dream about growing up,”Sutton said. “Throughout my 15 years in the league, I have played for some exceptional hockey teams and have met quality people and friends along the way.

“None of what I accomplished on the ice would have been possible without the unwavering support of my family, friends, teammates and fans who made playing hockey even more enjoyable.”

The towering blueliner — Sutton went 6-foot-6, 245 pounds — played in 676 games over a 15-year career with seven different clubs. He registered 1,134 hits, 1,164 blocked shots and 1,185 penalty minutes, scoring 38 goals and 112 assists for 150 points.

Sutton was in the final year of a one-year, $1.75 million deal with the Oilers in 2013, but didn’t appear in a single contest due to a knee injury.

Last November, Sutton spoke with ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun about that injury and the wear and tear his body took over the course of his career.

“I basically broke a chunk off my femur, the piece I broke off was giving me a lot of discomfort, so they went in and sort of cleaned up my knee and took out the chunk,” Sutton explained. “Now, I have to repair the defect that’s there. Otherwise, it’ll just keep getting bigger. It’s bone on bone in two spots in my knee.

“I guess the road to recovery from that is quite long and arduous so I don’t know, this is going to be my 12th surgery. I’m pretty tired of what I’ve done to my body.”

PHT Morning Skate: Where America wins gold over Canada in Women’s World Championship

Brianna Decker #14 of Team USA shoots the puck past Shannon Szabados #1 of Team Canada to score during the IIHF Womens World Championship Gold Medal Game at Scotiabank Place on April 9, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
(April 8, 2013 - Source: Richard Wolowicz/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images North America)
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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Shane Doan reflects on growing up in Alberta and watching games at the Edmonton Oilers’ Rexall Place. His Phoenix Coyotes will play in Edmonton on Wednesday in a must-win game for both teams. (Edmonton Journal)

Garret Ross has inked an entry-level deal with the Chicago Blackhawks. After being taken in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Ross stepped up with 90 points and 114 penalty minutes in 61 games with the OHL Saginaw Spirit in 2012-13. (Blackhawks.nhl.com)

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Simon Despres has spent two straight games in the press box. When asked if the decision to put Robert Bortuzzo in the lineup instead of Despres was a difficult one, coach Dan Bylsma replied with “no” three times. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

As weird as it might feel be for many people in Toronto, the odds are overwhelmingly in favor of the Maple Leafs playing in postseason contests this year. That would end the longest active playoff appearance drought in the NHL (the second longest belongs to the Edmonton Oilers). (Ottawa Citizen)

A look at the 2013 Frozen Four. (Penguins.nhl.com)

38-year-old defenseman Andy Sutton, who is trying to recover from knee surgery, knows his “days on the ice might be numbered.” (Edmonton Journal)

Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau will stay in Boston College for the 2013-14 campaign. He’s one of the finalist for the 2013 Hobey Baker Award, which goes to the NCAA’s top player. (Calgary Sun)

The United States defeated Team Canada to secure the gold medal in the 2013 IIHF Women’s World Championship. (Toronto Star)

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Trade Bait: Ryane Clowe

San Jose Sharks v Phoenix Coyotes

The NHL’s trade deadline is Wednesday, April 3. Following is a player that may be moved. For more “Trade Bait,” click here.

Despite having a down year — just nine points through 25 games, with zero goals — San Jose’s Ryane Clowe is on a number of wish lists.

The 30-year-old’s career body of work has put him in demand. He’s scored 20 goals twice and 15 or more five times. He’s big (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) and plays with a nasty streak, twice racking up over 100 PIM in a season.

He also has a wealth of playoff experience. Clowe appeared in back-to-back Western Conference finals with the Sharks, including a tremendous 2011 run when he scored 15 points in 17 games and led the club in powerplay goals.

Throw in the fact he’s a pending UFA (his four year, $14.5 million deal expires this summer) and Clowe knows he’s a target for teams looking to make a playoff push.

“I hear it, like everyone else,” Clowe told CSN Bay Area. “I don’t pay too much attention to it.

“I understand things happen, but I would obviously like to stay here, too, and see this through. I haven’t had the year I’ve wanted, but that’s not affecting me, the trade rumors.”

Clowe isn’t the only piece of this trade rumor. There’s also his general manager.

After shipping out defenseman Douglas Murray, Sharks GM Doug Wilson admitted his phone has been busy and that he was accepting all calls, looking to take advantage of a trade market that was thin on sellers but heavy on buyers.

“If you’re decisive in your decisions,” Wilson said, “you can get full value.”

As for who’s interested in Clowe?

CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty notes that Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has always had a “fondness” for Clowe, and Boston is in need of forward depth after the injury to Chris Kelly and ineffectiveness of Rich Peverley (who was a healthy scratch last week).

Toronto could be another team that’s in play. Clowe’s rough-and-tumble style would play well on a team that leads the NHL in fighting majors (33) this season and would relish added postseason experience.

Edmonton’s not exactly in a playoff chase, but has been linked to Clowe. The Oilers have been on the hunt for a big, physical winger for what feels like forever and will have some money coming off the books in Ryan Whitney ($4 million), Nikolai Khabibulin ($3.75), Andy Sutton ($1.75) this summer, and could consider using a buyout on captain Shawn Horcoff ($5.5 million).

Clowe could be a guy they target not as a rental, but someone to sign to term.

Oilers’ Sutton (knee) likely done for year

Pittsburgh Penguins v Edmonton Oilers

The excitement within the Edmonton organization after Monday’s Mark Fistric trade was tempered slightly when GM Steve Tambellini updated the status of injured defenseman Andy Sutton.

“We don’t believe Andy will be playing this year,” said Tambellini, suggesting that Sutton’s serious knee injury will all but end his time in Edmonton — and perhaps his career.

Sutton, 37, inked a one-year, $1.75 million extension with the Oilers in February. The deal was largely in part to his 2011-12 campaign — the towering defenseman had 10 points in 52 games, finished plus-5, recorded 112 hits and averaged 16:41 of ice time, despite being sidelined by injury (he also missed 13 games to suspension.)

His latest injury is perhaps his most severe.

“I basically broke a chunk off my femur, the piece I broke off was giving me a lot of discomfort, so they went in and sort of cleaned up my knee and took out the chunk,” Sutton told ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun in November. “Now, I have to repair the defect that’s there. Otherwise, it’ll just keep getting bigger.

“It’s bone on bone in two spots in my knee.”

Sutton’s still recovering from the procedure but, given the shortened season and wear and tear he’s accumulated over his 12-year career, it’s unlikely he’ll get healthy to participate in 2013.

And judging by his words during the lockout, it’s unlikely he’ll be back at all.

“I guess the road to recovery from [the knee injury] is quite long and arduous,” he explained. “So I don’t know, this is going to be my 12th surgery.

“I’m pretty tired of what I’ve done to my body.”