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Pius Suter signs two-year deal with Detroit

/ by Charlie Roumeliotis
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Pius Suter

Pius Suter's time in Chicago was short-lived.

The 25-year-old forward has agreed to terms with the Detroit Red Wings on a two-year deal, the club announced Wednesday. His cap hit is $3.25 million.

Suter notched 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 55 games during his rookie season with the Blackhawks. His 14 goals ranked fifth among all NHL first-year skaters and 27 points ranked tied for sixth. He, most notably, recorded his first career NHL hat trick against the Red Wings on Jan. 24 at the United Center.

Suter, who was a pending restricted free agent at the end of the season, was not given a qualifying offer by the Blackhawks on Monday after negotiations between the two sides "didn't lead anywhere," according to his agent Georges Müller. He was eligible for arbitration and it appeared Suter and the Blackhawks were far apart in their contract discussions.

The Blackhawks filled out their forward group this offseason by acquiring Tyler Johnson, signing Jujhar Khaira and inking Adam Gaudette to an extension. They also landed Henrik Borgstrom in a trade back in April. Brandon Hagel and Alex Nylander are also expected to be part of the mix after receiving qualifying offers from Chicago.

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