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Andy Sutton Receives One Year Extension

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Andy Sutton has signed a deal that will help him remain an Oiler for one more year.

If you remove Sutton’s two suspensions this year, this is a great signing.  Even with the suspensions on his record, this is a tough one to get worked up about.  Sutton will receive $1.5M in a deal that will see him in Oiler colours through the 2012-13 season.

Sutton has played in 33 games this season, and has nine points (3-6-9) to go along with a plus 2.   Sutton is a guy who’s played well enough to warrant an extension.  At the beginning of the season, I had him pencilled in a number seven guy for the defence.  He hasn’t spent a minute in Oklahoma City, and he’s been a better option than some of the regulars on this year’s blue.  At $1.5M, I like the deal.  He’s taking a pay cut to remain in Edmonton, and he’ll be counted on to provide solid minutes once again in 2012-13.

If Sutton can avoid suspension in 2012-13 and pull in say, 70 games at his current rate of play, this is an excellent deal.

Heck, who am I kidding.  I should be tap dancing.  The Oilers kept a defenceman on the roster who’s going to play next year that has NHL experience.  Thumbs up.

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