As the last generation proved, one can never have too many Sutters.
The Hurricanes recalled Brett Sutter
from the American Hockey League’s Charlotte Checkers on Friday to replace Ryan Carter, who will miss Saturday’s game at Tampa Bay with a back injury. Carter’s injury is not thought to be serious, and he could play again as soon as Sunday in Atlanta.
The recall unites the 23-year-old Sutter with his cousin Brandon, a Hurricanes mainstay at center. Brett Sutter will play the same position for the team on Saturday, as he’s expected to handle Carter’s regular workload on the fourth line.
“He’s played real well and fits the role to replace Ryan,” said Hurricanes General Manager Jim Rutherford. “He’s been good at killing penalties and good on faceoffs and he’s a real good team guy.”
The recall will result in Sutter’s first game with Carolina, although he’s suited up for 18 NHL games with Calgary over the last three seasons, scoring 2 points. He played four contests with the Flames this season before the Hurricanes acquired him via trade along with Ian White in exchange for Anton Babchuk and Tom Kostopoulos. Since then, he’s recorded 7 goals and 7 assists in 33 games with Charlotte.
Sutter received the call ahead of Zac Dalpe, a 21-year-old who has played the bulk of his 14 NHL games at center this season.
“We look at a lot of different players when we need to bring someone up, and for the most part we make the decision on position and who fits best in the role we need,” said Rutherford.
While Carter exits the lineup, Rutherford said that defenseman Joni Pitkanen will play Saturday after a productive skate on Friday, and that the team may reassign his replacement, Brett Carson, to Charlotte prior to game time.
Regarding the handful of trades that have taken places over the last few days, well ahead of the NHL’s Feb. 28 trade deadline, Rutherford said that talks have been ongoing but added that such chatter wasn’t unusual for this time of year.
As for what the Hurricanes might do, he said that he would be careful to walk the fine line between present and future.“We have two goals,” he said. “One is to make the playoffs and the other is to build this team going forward. Regardless of what we do and how it looks, we’re not going to give up on this year.”