Source: Penguins to begin contract talks this week with Brandon Sutter

sutter PENGUINS MAKE QUALIFYING OFFERS TO RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
The Pittsburgh Penguins officially qualified the following restricted free agents, Inside Pittsburgh Sports has confirmed.
Brandon Sutter – $2.7 million
Nick Spaling – $1.5 million
Simon Despres – $850,500
Philip Samuelsson – $605,000
Jason Megna – $874,125
Brandon Sutter and Nick Spaling will both decline their qualifying offers, a league source confirmed.

Word is Spaling was looking for around $2.5 million per season from the Predators.
Sutter who was qualified at $2.7 million, is open to a short and long-term deal. Talks between associate GM Jason Botterill and Sutter’s agent Craig Oyster will begin on Wednesday. Sutter’s camp believes he is a $4 million a year player.
Sutter is just a year away from unrestricted free agency.
The Penguins currently have $14.6 million in cap space but new deals for Sutter, Spaling, project to take up around $6 million in cap space.

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