Player review: Brian Sutherby
May, 19, 2010
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
Our skate through the player reviews of the 2009-10 Stars continues with Brian Sutherby.
Glenn James/NHLI/Getty ImagesBrian Sutherby is a dependable player, but the Stars are deep at center and could look into trading him this summer.
Sutherby, 28, played in 46 games for the Stars last season with nine points (five goals, four assists) and a plus-8. He has one more year on his contract at $850,000.
Sutherby's last two seasons look very similar. He played 42 games in 2008-09 and had nine points. He's a guy that will be a healthy scratch at times. The former first-round pick (26th overall by Washington in 2000) is a good defensive center with size and experience. But Brandon Segal got more time on the ice than Sutherby. In fact, Segal averaged 11:20 and Sutherby 8:36.
With the group of forwards the Stars have, trading Sutherby is an option. He's got a decent contract next season and is an unrestricted free agent after that. Of course, it isn't that Sutherby can't help the Stars. He's a smart player who provides two-way play. He goes to the net hard, has an edge and can fight. But he has to stay healthy and play well enough to earn more time.
Sutherby's name is one to watch this summer if the Stars make a move. He's the type of player that could be involved if there's a trade partner in need of a defensive-minded center who doesn't make many mistakes.