The Carolina Hurricanes and center Brandon Sutter have agreed to a three-year contract.
The deal will pay the 22-year-old $1.5 million in 2011-12, $2 million in 2012-13 and $2.7 million in 2013-14.
"Brandon is one of the cornerstones of our franchise moving forward," president and general manager of the Hurricanes Jim Rutherford said. "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."
The 6-foot-3, 183-pound center had a career year this past season in games played (82), penalty minutes (25) and plus/minus rating (plus-13). He also finished with 14 goals and 15 assists.
Sutter, the 11th overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by Carolina, has totaled 36 goals, 39 assists and 43 penalty minutes in 204 career NHL games with the Hurricanes.