Apr 12, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Brandon Sutter (16) on the ice against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Flyers won 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Sutter Re-Signs Two-Year Deal With Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly re-signed restricted free agent Brandon Sutter to a two-year, $6.6 million deal, according to the team’s Twitter handle.

Sutter, 25, will earn an average annual salary of $3.3 million.

With only a little over $4.2 million left in cap space – per Cap Geek – general manager Jim Rutherford has to be pleased that Sutter didn’t take up all of that, because, he could have easily. And, the fact that Sutter inked a two-year contract aids the Penguins from having to sign him to a massive deal next summer.

Of course, Sutter could still get that lucrative deal he’s probably seeking in 2015, but, given the payroll, it seems as though he helped Pittsburgh out in the meantime.

Sutter is entering his third season with Pittsburgh, after being dealt over from the Carolina Hurricanes – by then Carolina GM Rutherford – in the Jordan Staal trade. And coming off a spectacular playoff performance, Sutter’s 2014-15 campaign expectations are endless.

Entering the season, Sutter will have two new wingers. Nick Spaling will probably be one of them, and Pascal Dupuis or Steve Downie could be the other. Point being, Sutter will finally have two solidified wingers – one would think – instead of seeing multiple run through his pairing, which should benefit him by building sufficient chemistry.

In 129 regular-season games for the Penguins, Sutter’s registered 45 points (24G, 21A) and skated to a minus-6 rating. In 28 postseason contests, Sutter’s garnered 10 points (7G, 3A) and skated to a plus-6 rating.

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