One defenseman goes, another one takes his place.
The Ducks signed defenseman, Andy Sutton, to a two-year contract worth $4.25 million just three days after signing and immediately trading James Wisniewski to the New York Islanders. At 35, Sutton is older than Wisniewski, but at his age he is also cheaper than Wisniewski.
Sutton was described by GM Bob Murray as willing “to put himself in front of pucks, block shots and compete. He’s an outstanding young man. He probably had the best year of his career last year and he’s a consummate professional. I’m happy. He’s the type of player we’ve been trying to get for a couple of years.”
Sutton ranked second in the league in blocked shots last season (204) and brings 585 games of experience along with him to Anaheim. The blue line, sorely depleted with the loss of Scott Niedemayer to retirement and Wisniewski, will benefit from Sutton’s presence. However, the team still needs at least one more quality, veteran d-man helping out.
One step at a time, but at least it is a step in the right direction for the Ducks.