With opening night just one week away, all eyes are on training camp moves and the acclimation of players to their new teams. While many players are getting ready to start another season on the ice, one former Hurricane decided to call it a career.
Brandon Sutter, who was drafted 11th overall by Carolina in the 2007 Draft, officially announced his retirement. Sutter entered training camp with Edmonton on a PTO, but was released after appearing in three preseason contests with the Oilers.
The former first round pick spent four seasons with the Hurricanes, playing in 286 contests with the organization. Sutter recorded 53 goals and 54 assists during his time in Raleigh.
In total, Sutter appeared in 820 contests, splitting his career between Carolina, Pittsburgh, and Vancouver.
He had last recorded action during the 2020-2021 campaign, as he amassed 12 points over 43 games with the Canucks.
As Sutter finishes his career on the ice, another first round pick solidified his future in the league, as Trevor Zegras signed a three-year extension at $5.75 million AAV with the Anaheim Ducks. The 22-year old led Anaheim in scoring last season, tallying 23 goals and 42 assists over 81 games.
Throughout the offseason and leading up to training camp, Zegras and the Ducks struggled to make headway on a new deal, putting his availability for the season opener in jeopardy. According to multiple reports, Anaheim was hesitant to sign the former Calder Trophy finalist to a long-term deal.
With his performance this past season, he became just the second Duck to reach the 60-point mark in multiple seasons before the age of 23. Zegras also led the roster in points, assists, and power-play points.
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