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Oilers agree to terms with Sutton

Monday, 02.13.2012 / 11:07 AM / 2012 Trade Deadline

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Oilers agree to terms with Sutton
The Edmonton Oilers and defenseman Andy Sutton have agreed to a one-year contract extension that will prevent the blueliner from becoming an unrestricted free agent July 1.

The team has not confirmed the numbers of the deal, but the Edmonton Jounral is reporting the value of the deal to range from $1.5 million to $1.75 million.

The move likely means the Oilers will hold onto Sutton rather than move him prior to the Feb. 27 Trade Deadline.

Andy Sutton
Defense - EDM
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 9
SOG: 26 | +/-: 2
The 36-year-old Sutton has three goals and six assists in 33 games this season. He leads the team's defensemen with a plus-2 rating while averaging 16:59 of ice time per game.

The 6-foot-6, 245-pounder also brings an element of toughness to the team -- he's third on the team with 56 penalty minutes, and has 57 hits.

"Andy really likes the team and the city," Sutton's agent, Pat Morris, said in a text message to the newspaper. "He's very pleased with staying. He knows there was interest trade-wise, but had the opportunity to stay and welcomed Edmonton's commitment. He loves the youth on the team and wants to be part of a good finish this year and a playoff run next year."

Sutton arrived in Edmonton last July 1 from Anaheim in a trade for defenseman Kurtis Foster. Now in his 13th season, Sutton has 38 goals and 111 assists in 657 games with the Sharks, Wild, Thrashers, Islanders, Senators, Ducks and Oilers.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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