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Monday, November 19, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News for Monday Part 1 - Brian Sutherby

Well, I thought this would be a slow news day as we had a lot of news this weekend and no games till Wednesday.  I was wrong.  Here is all the news on today's trade.

Ducks trade for Brian Sutherby

The Ducks announced on Monday that they have acquired center Brian Sutherby from the Washington Capitals in exchange for the club’s second round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

In 259 career NHL contests over six seasons with Washington, Sutherby collected 61 points with 281 PIM.

Sutherby, 25 (3/1/82), has appeared in five contests this season for Washington, earning 1-0=1 point with seven penalty minutes (PIM).  The Edmonton, Alberta native has played in 259 career NHL contests over six seasons with Washington, collecting 26-35=61 points with 281 PIM.  Sutherby played in a career-high 76 games with the Capitals in 2005-06, while also establishing career-highs in goals, assists and points (14-16=30).  The 6-3, 215-pound center also appeared in five Stanley Cup Playoff contests with Washington in 2002-03, going scoreless with 10 PIM.

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MVN Analysis of the Sutherby acquisition

Apparently GM Brian Burke wanted Sutherby at the beginning of the season but could not get a deal done with Washington until this time. General reaction amongst Ducks fans has been varied. The Ducks are already deep at center, but Sutherby can play all forward positions.

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OC Register take a look at the Sutherby acquisition and and an update on Bertuzzi and Schneider

While the acquisition of the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Sutherby is designed to shore up depth, as well as size and grit, it does nothing to address the team's need for more scoring punch on the top two lines. Though Bertuzzi managed only a goal and an assist in seven games before being hurt, the hope is that his return can lessen the pressure to land an offensive-type forward via trade.

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OC Register Ducks Blog has some more info

Sutherby, 25, had fallen out of favor and appeared in only five games for the Capitals this season, scoring one goal and collecting seven penalty minutes. He has 26 goals, 61 points and 281 penalty minutes in 259 games with Washington since being chosen 26th overall in the 2000 NHL entry draft. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Sutherby’s best season came in 2005-06, when he appeared in a career-high 76 games and posted personal-best totals with 14 goals and 30 points. He had a career-high 78 penalty minutes in 69 games last season.

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The Bleacher report has a look at Sutherby


It's quite simple—you can't win a Cup without depth.

At age 25, Sutherby has six years of NHL experience and isn't easy to push around.

GM Brian Burke likes guys who can hit and play a physical role on his team. Sutherby is a great checker with a sound defensive game. He can come in on the third line, fourth line, or even the penalty-kill unit.

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Here are some Sutherby Videos via youtube