Capitals Re-sign Riley Sutter To One-Year, Two Way Deal

The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Riley Sutter to a one-year, two-way contract ($775,000/$90,000), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Sutter, a 23-year-old center, was drafted by the Capitals in the third round (#93 overall) of the 2018 NHL entry draft. Sutter signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Capitals on September 29, 2018 at $925,000 AAV. With entry-level slides for his first two seasons, Sutter became a restricted free agent at the end of the 2022-23 season, but was qualified by the Capitals at the end of June, 2023.

The 2022-23 season was Sutter’s best as a professional. He stayed relatively healthy, but more importantly, settled into his role at center on the 4th line and did a very good job. The effort alone garnered a qualifying offer from the Capitals. He had a huge goal in the Calder Cup finals, that gave the Bears their first win of the series.

Riley remains the Bears best at the dot, but it was his centering the fourth line that was most valuable to the Bears. Head coach Todd Nelson depended on the trio as the Bears shutdown line and they responded nearly every night, all while setting a physical tone in the early going of each game. Sutter has also become a leader on the Bears penalty kill.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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9 Responses to Capitals Re-sign Riley Sutter To One-Year, Two Way Deal

  1. hockeydruid says:

    Great move! The #2 move this offseason after resigning Shepard. The 4th line center ifor the Caps for the 24/25 season.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Agree Druid, he earned it.

      • hockeydruid says:

        What do you think Dowd would bring in a trade? OR would it be better to keep him for the next 2 years and when his contract expires him walk and let Sutter move from W to 4C. I’m thinking that as there are currently only 10 forwards signed that Sutter actually has a chance to make the team as the 4 RW this season. There actually might even be a spot for Snively on the big club full time this season and both Protas and Malenstyn. Would be nice to see the guys from Hershey finally here and producing.

  2. Prevent Defense says:

    Authentically good news!
    Riley Sutter is a beast, plays skill and smash like father Ron (mostly with Flyers)
    Hope he stays healthy and makes the Caps lineup

  3. Anonymous says:

    Go Bears!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Welcome back Sutts!

  5. dwgie26 says:

    Love this signing! Sutter has been awesome this year. And was solid at RW before taking over 4C. I like Sutter to take NAK’s spot in 2024.

  6. andrew777dc says:

    Call him up! Call him up! Sometime soon! (chant)

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