Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/15/14

PHILADELPHIA - JANUARY 23: Brandon Sutter #16 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against of the Philadelphia Flyers on January 23, 2010 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Hurricanes 4-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Brandon Sutter realizes his role as a checking-line center won't be changing with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He does have reason to believe it's a job that might have become a little easier. After spending the past four seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes having to defend against Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Sutter now counts both as teammates. Better still, he noted the potential of a trickle-down effect Crosby and Malkin can provide in helping Sutter add a little more offense to his own game. Sutter spoke by teleconference call on Monday, three days after being acquired by Pittsburgh in a trade that sent Jordan Staal to Carolina. Though it took a few days for the shock to wear off, Sutter is excited about the opportunity to join a proven winner.
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