Mar 18, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Brandon Sutter (16) carries the puck up ice against the Dallas Stars during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins Moving Towards Deal With Brandon Sutter

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are trying to re-sign restricted free agent Brandon Sutter, but so far, nothing has been completed.

However, a deal could soon break in the comings days.

According to Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh is reportedly having positive talks with Sutter, meaning the two sides are seeming as though they’ll come to an agreement at some point between now and the end of the week.

Sutter, 25, has apparently been offered three different deals prior to Anderson’s tweet – per William DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports – but to no avail, yet. The third-line center has opted not to enter an arbitration hearing, which is Jul. 31, per DePaoli, and the likelihood he signs before then is moderately high.

There’s been talk that Sutter’s camp is seeking a one-year deal, and if that’s the case, he could become a trade casualty, considering his potential asking price for next summer. Much like Jordan Staal, Sutter could find he’s more valuable than just a third-line center.

If Sutter has his best year yet with Pittsburgh – like Matt Niskanen – he could demand upwards of $5 million per season in 2015, and I’m not confident the Penguins want to go down that route.

With regards to his current situation, it’s looking as though it’ll be resolved, and he will at least be with the Pens this next season.

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