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Brandon Sutter re-signs in Vancouver on a one-year deal

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The 32-year-old will return to Vancouver for a seventh season.

NHL: APR 28 Canucks at Senators
Vancouver Canucks Center Brandon Sutter (20) during warm-up before National Hockey League action between the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators on April 28, 2021, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada.
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Somewhere in the world, Westy is elbow-deep in a bottle of rum.

But hey, this certainly wasn’t the worst signing of the day. You could argue, in fact, that this was a reasonable signing by the Canucks.

Sorry, Westy.

Brandon Sutter is reportedly re-joining the Canucks on a one-year deal worth $1.125 million. He just finished a five-year deal with the Canucks that was worth $4.375 million annually.

For a number of reasons, this signing makes sense for the Canucks. Sutter is still strong in the face-off circle, and he’s currently the only right-handed center on the roster. He’s also been one of the team’s best penalty killers over the last two seasons, along with Tyler Motte. Among regular Canucks penalty-killing forwards, Motte and Sutter have the lowest shorthanded goals-against on the roster (aside from Loui Eriksson and Matthew Highmore’s short-sample size).

The Canucks also need role players on their roster. Sutter is a perfectly fine fourth-line centre and for the first time in his career, he’ll play for the Canucks on a reasonable contract.

Personally, I probably would have preferred if the Canucks chased a fourth-line centre like Derek Ryan, but there can’t be too much animosity with the Sutter signing. However, the Canucks need to continue targeting depth centres, since it’s no secret that Sutter’s durability has been questionable over the years.