The Pittsburgh Penguins have done a lot of good things in free agency so far such as signing Christian Ehrhoff, Blake Comeau, Marcel Goc, Thomas Greiss and a few others to one year contracts. New GM Jim Rutherford has handled the salary cap very well this year as it has not been friendly to them at all this offseason. Rutherford still has to sign his restricted free agents, or some of them, and the biggest priority for him to do is to sign his biggest one: third line center Brandon Sutter.
Brandon Sutter needs to be resigned since he’s a very quality third line center and was the big piece that came back in the Jordan Staal deal. He also performed great in the playoffs this year, notching five goals and two assists to add up to seven points and finish 5th in scoring on the team for the playoffs.
He also had a pretty good regular season as a third line center notching 13 goals and 13 assists to total 26 points. He’s also a better center than Marcel Goc, who will be the 4th line center after the Penguins resign him. It wouldn’t be good if they let Sutter go to another team and put Marcel Goc on the third line. Goc won’t do better than Sutter, hence the season he had when he came to Pittsburgh.
The contract to resign Brandon Sutter may be a very tricky situation even though I’m very confident it will get done. Jim Rutherford reportedly offered him a four-year deal but Sutter wants a shorter term deal like two years. The money could be a problem too. If Sutter wants $4 million a year, there’s no way Rutherford should sign him since he’s not even close to worth that much. He’ll most likely get between $3 to 3.5 million a year for a couple seasons or maybe more. I think within a week this deal will get done and that he will stay in Pittsburgh as the third line center.