The Canucks have locked up their newest acquisition long-term, inking Brandon Sutter to a five-year contract worth $4.375 million annually. Sutter, who was acquired in a trade with the Penguins on Tuesday, has one year left on his current deal that carries a $3.3 million cap hit.
The contract carries a full no-trade clause in the first three years and a modified no-trade clause for the final two.
The money and term of this contract suggests that Canucks GM Jim Benning is banking that Sutter is a second line caliber centre. Sutter, who is known more for his defensive prowess, still has a lot to prove offensively.
Sutter’s best season offensively came in 2009-10 when he had 21 goals and 40 points in 72 games with the Carolina Hurricanes. He has been a 30-point player ever since, albeit with limited offensive opportunities playing behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in Pittsburgh. Still, Sutter was able to score 21 goals for the Penguins last season.
At just 26-years-old, Sutter is still a young player and his best years should still be ahead of him.