By: Adam Gretz
Another potential trade target appears to have come off the market, as the Edmonton Oilers announced that the team and defenseman Andy Sutton have agreed to terms on a new contract. The contract is a one-year deal worth $1.5 million deal (with additional games played bonuses) according to TSN's Bob McKenzie, and will keep Sutton in Edmonton for another season.
He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, and that status, as well as Edmonton's place near the bottom of the Western Conference standings led to the inevitable trade speculation.
In 33 games this season the 6-foot-6 defenseman has scored three goals to go with six assists, and is playing for his fourth team in the past three years, having also spent time with the Islanders, Senators and Ducks in recent seasons.
A physical presence on the blue line for Edmonton, Sutton has sometimes taken it a bit too far this season and has been suspended on two separate occassions for a total of 13 games. He received a five-game banishment back in October for elbowing Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog, and then missed eight games in December for charging Alexei Ponikarovsky.
Sutton is currently in the final year of a two-year contract that pays him $2.12 million per season.
Sutton's re-signing with the Oilers comes just a couple of weeks after Carolina locked up Tim Gleason with a four-year deal.
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