Apr 6, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Brandon Sutter (16) during the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Sutter To Have New Deal With Pittsburgh Penguins By Next Week?

The Pittsburgh Penguins, after signing Nick Spaling, now have one restricted free agent left: Brandon Sutter.

However, he could be receiving a new deal very, very soon.

According to Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, general manager Jim Rutherford reportedly said that discussions are heading in the “right direction,” and that “by next week we might be able to get something done.”

Sutter, 25, is said to have been offered three different deals so far, including a four-year contract, but his camp is alleged to want a one-year deal – per William DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports.

Sutter opted to not file for arbitration in early July, so nothing was needed to be completed by Jul. 31.

The problem Rutherford faces now is his payroll. Awarding Spaling a two-year, $4.4 million deal, Rutherford only has $4,230,833 million in cap space to work with – per Cap Geek – and because he’s said to have extended multi-year offers to Sutter already, it gives us the implication he wants to lock him up, which also means a significant salary for the center.

The other issue is that Sutter could be wanting a one-year deal so that he can cash in on a $5 million per season salary next summer. Sutter is probably looking at the other erroneous deals teams have given – like Deryk Engelland‘s $2.9 million a season contract with Calgary – and thinking he can get that. More recently too is the five-year, $25 million deal the New York Rangers gave 26-year-old Derick Brassard – per Cap Geek.

Hopefully, Sutter will ultimately decide to commit long-term with Pittsburgh, because if he only takes a one-year offer, this could very well be his last season in the ‘Burgh.

In 129 career regular-season games with the Penguins, Sutter’s compiled 45 points (24G, 21A) and skated to a minus-6 rating.

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