Calgary Flames Manager Trades his Son
In a bit of a surprise move, the Carolina Hurricanes traded for defenceman Ian White and forward Brett Sutter from the Calgary Flames on Nov. 17th. The 23-year-old Sutter is the son of Calgary’s general manager Darryl Sutter and was in the headlines just last week for allegedly punching a taxi driver in Scottsdale, Arizona while in a drunken stupor. Carolina president and general manager Jim Rutherford announced he had sent defenceman Anton Babchuk along with forward Tom Kostopoulos to Calgary in the four-player deal.
Rutherford said White is a complete player who should be able to step into the club’s top four defencemen as he can play in all situations. He added that Sutter is a young player who’s still developing and gives the team some much needed depth at the forward position. He also thanked Babchuk and Kostopoulos for their time with the Hurricanes franchise.
White is a pretty decent scoring defenceman who can also play as a winger, as he often did during his stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he began his NHL career. However, the 26-year-old only has two goals and four assists for six points so far in Calgary’s first 16 games. His best season came in 2009-10 when he scored 13 goals and 25 assists for 38 points, in 83 games split between Toronto and Calgary.
White was traded by Toronto to Calgary last season with Niklas Hagman, Jamal Mayers, and Matt Stajan in return for Dion Phaneuf, Keith Aulie, and Fredrik Sjöström. White, who hails from Steinbach, Manitoba, is now in his sixth season. His career totals are 34 goals and 89 assists for 123 points, to go along with 208 minutes in penalties in his 339 regular-season games.
Toronto drafted him 191st overall in the sixth-round of the 2002 NHL draft. He know Carolina coach Paul Maurice well as Maurice used to coach in the Leafs’ organization, both at the American League and NHL levels.
Sutter has only played four games for Calgary so far this season. He had no goals and one assist while averaging just over 10 minutes of ice time per game. The native of Viking, Alberta is now in his fourth pro season. He has a total of one goal and one assist in his 18 career regular-season contest with the Flames. It’s believed Sutter will report to the Charlotte Checkers, which is Carolina’s affiliate in the AHL.
Sutter is a cousin of Carolina’s Brandon Sutter and he was drafted by Calgary 179th overall in the sixth-round of the 2005 NHL draft.