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Sutton signs two-year deal with Ducks

Monday, 08.02.2010 / 6:02 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

NHL.com

Defenseman Andy Sutton signed a two-year contract Monday with the Anaheim Ducks, the terms of which were not disclosed.

Sutton, 35 appeared in 72 games with the New York Islanders and Ottawa last season, collecting 5 goals and 13 points with 107 penalty minutes.

The 6-6, 245-pound defenseman finished the regular season ranked second among all NHL players with 204 blocked shots and eighth among NHL defensemen with 197 hits. Sutton averaged 23:01 minutes during the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Senators and played 20-or-more minutes on 45 occasions during the regular season.

A native of Kingston, Ontario, Sutton began the 2009-10 season with the Islanders before being acquired by the Senators in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2010 Entry Draft on Mar. 2. In 54 games with the Islanders, Sutton ranked first among team defensemen in PIM (73), second in time-on-ice (20:48) and tied for second in goals (4).

Originally signed by San Jose as an undrafted free agent on Mar. 20, 1998, Sutton has played 12 NHL seasons with San Jose (1998-00), Minnesota (2000-02), Atlanta (2001-07), New York Islanders (2007-10) and Ottawa (2009-10). In 585 career NHL games, Sutton has compiled 35 goals and 136 points with 1,018 penalty minutes.

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game