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***Ducks Sign Sutton***


The Ducks officially announced via Twitter, and the OC Register is reporting that the Ducks have signed defenseman Andy Sutton to a two-year deal.  The 35 year old will make 2M this season and 2.25M next season.

The undrafted Michigan Tech alum started his career with San Jose before moving on to Minnesota, Atlanta and the Islanders, where he was traded to Ottawa at last year's deadline.  He played 72 games combined with the two teams, but it was only the second time in his career that he eclipsed the 70GP mark in a season.  A towering shutdown presence at 6'6" 245 lbs, Sutton was 21st in the league in hits and 2nd in the league in blocked shots last year.  


Some advanced stats courtesy of Behind The Net:  Sutton is actually 1st in the league in blocked shots per 60 minutes of even strength for players who have played 65 games or more.  His goals against on-ice per 60 (NYI + OTT) was 2.79.  By comparison, Islanders teammate Mark Streit posted a 2.77 and Senators teammate Anton Volchenkov posted 2.80.  

His 27 penalties taken would have led both Ottawa and New York, and he drew 6 penalties on the year.

His TOI/60 for the season (16.73) would have been 2nd on Ottawa but third behind Streit and Martinek in New York.  His PK TOI/60 is 2.35, and he was on the ice for 22 goals against while playing the kill.