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    News: Brandon Sutter potted a goal and added an assist in Vancouver's opening night victory in Calgary.
    Analysis: Brandon Sutter made the most of his first line minutes alongside the Sedin twins with a two-point night. The 26-year-old should continue to have surprisingly high value as long as he's skating on Vancouver's top line.
  • Sutter Signs Five-Year Contract With Canucks

    News: Brandon Sutter signed a five-year, $21.875 million contract with the Canucks on Tuesday.
    Analysis: Canucks GM Jim Benning had previously stated that he viewed Brandon Sutter as a cornerstone player for the team, and Tuesday's move certainly confirms that sentiment. Benning and the Canucks will hope that Sutter can step in as a legitimate second-line center in 2015-16, a commodity the team hasn't enjoyed for quite some time. Sutter registered 33 points (21 goals, 12 assists) in 80 games with the Penguins last season, and even though an upgraded role awaits him, it's difficult to imagine the 26-year-old taking a huge step forward in his production. Beyond projected top liners Daniel Sedin and Radim Vrbata, the Canucks aren't particularly rich in scoring wingers that could complement Sutter.
  • Canucks, Sutter Closing In On Big Deal

    News: Brandon Sutter and the Canucks are closing in on a contract extension that could be worth more than $20 million over five years, reports Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada.
    Analysis: Orca's general manager Jim Benning wasn't kidding when he described Brandon Sutter as a 'foundational' piece for his club. At that cash, the Orcas must believe Sutter is the solution for their second-line woes. He's been a No. 3 guy through his career, but could step up playing alongside scoring wingers. Monitor this heading to camp.
  • Pens Trade Sutter To Canucks

    News: Brandon Sutter was traded to the Canucks on Tuesday.
    Analysis: The Penguins will send Brandon Sutter and a third-round pick to Vancouver in exchange for Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening, and a 2016 second-round pick. Sutter notched 33 points and 14 penalty minutes in 80 games for the Pens last season. In five playoff contests, Sutter recorded a goal and an assist to go with a minus-1 rating. He's expected to center the Canucks' second or third line in 2015-16.
  • Pens' Sutter Notches Two Points In Game 2 Win

    News: Brandon Sutter scored his first goal of the playoffs and had an assist in Saturday's Game 2 win over the Rangers.
    Analysis: It was a great outing for Brandon Sutter, who now has three goals in his last three games dating to the regular season. The 26-year-old has six goals in his last 15 playoff games and is a key depth scorer for the Penguins. If Pittsburgh hopes to get past New York in the first round, guys like Sutter will need to step up and make a difference every game.
  • Pens' Sutter Nets Fifth Game-Winner Saturday

    News: Brandon Sutter scored both Pittsburgh goals in a 2-0 win over Buffalo on Saturday.
    Analysis: He matched his single-season career high in goals (21) with his strong effort against the Sabres. Brandon Sutter closed out the regular season with a surprising five goals in his last nine games. He has two goals and eight points in 27 games against the Rangers, the Pens' first-round playoff opponent.
  • Pens' Sutter Pots Goal In Loss

    News: Brandon Sutter scored the team's lone goal in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Flyers.
    Analysis: The goal -- which came on the power play -- was Brandon Sutter's 19th of the year, bringing him within two of his career high. With Evgeni Malkin returning to the lineup Sunday, Sutter will likely return to a bottom-six role for the rest of the way, restricting his fantasy value to deeper formats.
  • Pens' Sutter Returns To Ice Sunday

    News: Brandon Sutter (undisclosed) returned to action Sunday against the Sharks, logging two shot attempts and a hit in his 15:35 of ice time.
    Analysis: Brandon Sutter suffered an injury late in Saturday's win over the Coyotes that seemed to put him at risk of missing Sunday's tilt, but evidently, the ailment wasn't anything too serious. The center had been enjoying a top-six role of late for the Penguins, but with Evgeni Malkin returning to the lineup Saturday, Sutter will now return to familiar spot on the club's third line.
  • Pens' Sutter Exits With Injury

    News: Brandon Sutter exited Saturday's game against the Coyotes in the third period with an injury, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
    Analysis: With only a few minutes left in the match, it appears unlikely that Brandon Sutter will return. He's the second player to exit for the Penguins, after defenseman Kris Letang was removed from the game in the second period following a hit into the boards. Sutter should be viewed as day-to-day heading into Sunday's match against the Sharks.
  • Pens' Sutter Tallies Power-Play Goal Saturday

    News: Brandon Sutter tallied a power-play goal on seven shot attempts in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Coyotes.
    Analysis: The goal came in the second period, when Coyotes netminder Mike Smith accidentally cleared the puck right into Brandon Sutter's rump, with the biscuit then richocheting into the net. Sutter has assumed the Pens' No. 2 center role with Evgeni Malkin missing the last four games with a lower-body injury, but it had yet to bear fruit until Saturday. Considering the fluky nature of the goal and the fact that he'd been held without any points and attempted only four shot in his previous three games, there shouldn't be much optimism regarding Sutter's future production.