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Hurricanes sign Brandon Sutter to three-year deal

Brandon Sutter #16 of the Carolina Hurricanes stick handles the puck while being defended by Benoit Pouliot #57 of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on November 13, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Canadiens defeated the Hurricanes 7-2.

Richard Wolowicz/2010 Getty Images

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed centre Brandon Sutter to a three-year contract worth $6.2-million, the National Hockey League (NHL) team said on Wednesday.

Sutter, 22, will make $1.5-million in 2011-12, $2-million in 2012-13 and $2.7-million in 2013-14, the Hurricanes said in a statement.

"Brandon is one of the cornerstones of our franchise moving forward," said general manager Jim Rutherford.

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"He is an extremely intelligent player who can perform in all situations, and has already grown into a leadership position for the Hurricanes at a very young age."

Sutter, who was Carolina's first-round selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, had 14 goals and 15 assists in 82 games for Carolina last season and led the team with a plus-13 rating.

In three seasons with Carolina, Sutter has 36 goals and 39 assists in 204 games.

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