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Brett Sutter to Replace Carter Saturday

Friday, 02.11.2011 / 6:09 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Brett Sutter to Replace Carter Saturday
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.

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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.”


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72