A trade was announced just moments before the Carolina Hurricanes were to select the 8th pick in the 2012 NHL Draft and Caniacs everywhere gave an audible gasp. Brandon Sutter has been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Jordan Staal. Defenseman, Brian Dumoulin, and the 8th overall pick were also included in the exchange.
The transaction caused conflicted emotions for Canes’ fans. Tweets poured through Twitter expressing their torn emotions. Some didn’t know whether to “celebrate or vomit.” For those outside the Carolina fan base, allow me to explain. Yes, we know this is a sport and ultimately a business looking to succeed and be profitable. Jordan Staal will help the Hurricanes in both areas. For that, fans are pleased. Staal posted career highs in assists (25) and points (50), and a career second-best 25 goals in 62 of Pittsburgh’s 82 regular-season games in 2011-12.
The grieving stems from the price tag on Jordan’s sweater. Brandon Sutter is one of top, young talents in the organization. His contributions to the team were notable on and off the ice. It is always hard to say goodbye, despite the positive exchange, to a player as respected as Brandon Sutter.
In one breath, I give a warm southern welcome to another stellar Staal and sigh a goodbye and best wishes to one of Caniacs’ favorite boys.
Here are a couple CardiacCane.com Sutter tributes from the past…