Andy Sutton Dealt to Ottawa

According to Darren Dreger’s Twitter, Andy Sutton has just been dealt to the Ottawa Senators.

UPDATE (1:43 PM): Bruce Garrioch has confirmed that Sutton has been dealt for a second round pick.Ottawa no longer has a second round pick in this year’s draft.

Here are Sutton’s numbers and details:

  • He is an impending unrestricted free agent who carries a cap hit of $2.938M
  • He’s 6’6″, 245lbs and as a big bodied blueliner, he wasn’t brought in to fix the power play.
  • 54 GP, 4 goals, 8 assists, 12 points, -3, 123 blocked shots,
  • Advanced statistics from Behindthenet.ca: 1.7 GVT, his quality of competition (0.101) led the Islanders. In other words, he was their shutdown guy. His +/- relative to the rest of the team was actually quite reasonable for a shutdown guy on an average team (0.18)

It’s tough to judge this at the moment based on the fact that the rest of the trade deadline has to play itself out. Right now, his acquisition looks like a John Muckler’esque trade. Giving up a second round asset for an unrestricted free agent who doesn’t immediately solve all of the problems on the back end or the power play.

Until tomorrow’s events play out, I’m not going to be able to properly gauge how prudent it was to trade a second rounder to upgrade Carkner or put Chris Campoli in the pressbox.

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