Sutton to Senators - 03-02-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

The Islanders have dealt defenseman Andy Sutton (right) to the Senators in exchange for a a second-round pick in this summer's draft.

Sutton, 34, has 12 points (four goals, four assists) 73 penalty minutes and is a minus-3 in 54 games this season. A massive player at 6-foot-6, 245 pounds, Sutton is strictly a rough and tumble defensive type.

He has a salary cap hit of 2.301 million and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free after this season.

EN Says: You can never have enough depth on defense, but we're not sure this is what the Senators need. They're plenty tough on the blue line with Matt Carkner, Chris Philips and Anton Volchenkov. He does provide some experience at a position where they are playing two young players regularly in Erik Karlsson, 19, and Brian Lee, 22.

We're not sure if this totally signifies the start of a fire sale for the Islanders - mainly because they don't have a ton of veterans with big contracts to unload - but this isn't exactly a move that would benefit any sort of run at a playoff spot this season. At the moment, the Islanders are six points out of the Eastern Conference's top eight with 58 points.

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