Sutter Leaves Cowtown and then Scores in his First Hurricanes Game

Approximately one week after Brett Sutter ran into trouble with the law his father, Calgary Flames GM Darryl Sutter traded him along with defenceman Ian White to the Carolina Hurricanes. Brett Sutter who had only one assist in four games with Calgary was charged with assault last week in an incident outside an Arizona nightclub. After that was all creared up Sutter who is a former 2005 Flames draft pick was sent to the American Hockey League. On Wednesday Sutter and White went to the Hurricanes in exchange for winger Tom Kostopoulos and defenceman Anton Babchuk. “This discussion took place going back to the end of October, beginning of November,” Flames assistant GM Jay Feaster said.”He was a player that Carolina identified as someone that they wanted in the deal. So it evolved from there.” With the trade Calgary has more cap relief as both Babchuk (1.4 million) and Kostopoulos ($950,000) are making less than Sutter and White combined. According to Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford he has been interested in White for a long time and the Flames were willing to trade him after they signed defenceman Mark Giordano who has scored eight points in 16 games to a five year extension. “I made my first call to Calgary at the start of the season about Ian White,” Rutherford said. “He’s a player I’d liked for a long time. It really got serious when Calgary signed Giordano to the long-term contract. At that point Darryl told me that he felt he was going to move Ian. Brett Sutter was part of this deal all along and remained part of it until the end.”


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