The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed one of their unrestricted free agents from the Charlotte Checkers yesterday.
The Checkers captain Brett Sutter will be with the team for at least one more season, as he signed a one-year, two-way contact with the Hurricanes. The deal will pay $150,00o in the AHL and $600,000 in the NHL.
Last season, Sutter scored 48 points in 70 games for the Checkers, good for second-highest on the team. The 26-year-old also played in three games for the Canes.
The return of Sutter will have a big impact on the Checkers’ roster. The team figures to be younger and an experienced captain on the team will make a big difference.
It’s unlikely that Sutter will be able to carve out much of an NHL career. He played 15 games for the Hurricanes in the 2011-12 season, but could not stick with the team and has seen his opportunities in the NHL dwindle over the last couple of years.
However, the Canada native can be a valuable call-up for the Hurricanes as he is experienced and has been in a scoring role in the AHL in the past.
Sutter has played in parts of three seasons in the Hurricanes’ organization totaling 157 points during his AHL career and five points in 37 NHL games. The Hurricanes received Sutter along with Ian White for Anton Babchuk and Tom Kostopoulus in the 2010-11 season.