The Pittsburgh Penguins announced on their web site Thursday afternoon they have re-signed their last remaining restricted free agent, Brandon Sutter to a two-year contract. The deal runs through the 2015-2016 season, and has an average annual value of $3.3 million.
The 6-foot-3 center skated in 81 out of 82 regular-season games last season, putting up 13 goals, 13 assists for a total 26 points. His level of play was solid in 13 playoff games last season as he contributed five goals, two assists for seven points. He also won 55 percent of his faceoffs.
Sutter, 25, has missed only one game over the past four seasons and has scored at least 10 goals in each of the last five years.
He was drafted 11th overall in the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes. Sutter spent four seasons with the ‘Canes before being traded to the Black and Gold with Brian Dumoulin and 2012 first-round draft pick Derrick Pouliot for Jordan Staal in June 2012.
According to the numbers provided by CapGeek.com, the Pens are now $930,833 dollars under the $69 million salary cap with 21 players on their roster.