As anticipated, the Hurricanes called up a forward from Charlotte to replace Zac Dalpe who is out with a lower body injury. His status, we are told, is "week-to-week".
Brett Sutter, the newly named captain of the Checkers will be joining the team today and will fly out this afternoon for the game in Boston vs the Bruins tomorrow night. Others who might have expected the call are Zach Boychuk, Drayson Bowman, Riley Nash, or Jerome Samson. Checker's center Jon Matsumoto has 9 points in the first 4 games, tops in the AHL, and also had to be in the mix. Sutter will likely be slotted on the 4th line with Tim Brent.
Sutter, at 24, is normally waiver eligible, but this move is considered an "emergency call-up" because the Canes have only 11 available forwards with Dalpe on the sidelines.
Sutter played one NHL regular season game for the Hurricanes last year, but had 18 games with the Calgary Flames before he was acquired by the Canes last fall.
The full release is after the jump.
Hurricanes Recall Brett Sutter from Charlotte
Checkers’ captain recalled on an emergency basis after Dalpe injury
RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled left wing Brett Sutter from Charlotte of the American Hockey League (AHL) on an emergency basis. Hurricanes forward Zac Dalpe suffered a lower body injury during Friday night’s game in Buffalo, and is week-to-week.
Sutter, 24, has skated in four games for the Checkers this season, and has not registered a point. The Viking, Alb., native was named Charlotte’s captain prior to the season, and was the Checkers’ leading scorer during last spring’s Calder Cup Playoffs with 14 points (4g, 10a) in 16 games, helping the Checkers reach the conference finals.
Drafted by Calgary in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Sutter (6’0", 200 lbs.) has totaled one goal, one assist (2 points) and 12 penalty minutes in 19 career NHL games with Calgary and Carolina. In 276 career regular-season AHL games with Quad City, Abbotsford and Charlotte, he has notched 80 points (32g, 48a) and 272 penalty minutes. Prior to turning professional, Sutter played four seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with Kootenay and Red Deer, tallying 138 points (58g, 80a) and 274 penalty minutes. He is the older cousin of Hurricanes alternate captain Brandon Sutter.