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Hurricanes send centre Brandon Sutter to minors for conditioning stint

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes have sent centre Brandon Sutter to their AHL affiliate in Albany for a conditioning stint.

The team said Wednesday that their 2007 first-round draft pick would spend up to two weeks in Albany.

He is eligible to play in Wednesday night’s game at Bridgeport in the River Rats’ first game since four players and a broadcaster were injured when the team bus crashed last week on the way home from a game.

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The 20-year-old Sutter has one goal and five assists in 50 games of his first full pro season with the Hurricanes.

He is the son of New Jersey coach Brent Sutter and was the ninth member of his family drafted into the NHL.