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The Truth Behind Brandon Sutter's Retirement Revealed


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Mark Parsons
October 3, 2023  (10:09 PM)
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Yesterday, the Edmonton Oilers announced they were releasing Brandon Sutter from his professional tryout. Soon after, Sutter also announced his retirement from professional hockey.
After 770 NHL games with three organizations, Brandon Sutter has announced his retirement. Best of luck, Brandon! 👏

Return To Form In Doubt

Having not played since the 2020-21 season, there were doubts regarding Sutter's chances of rejoining the team. A major reason behind this gap in his career was contracting a COVID-19 variant while with the Vancouver Canucks. The ailment left him with lingering symptoms of long COVID. When news of Sutter's release from the Oilers' PTO surfaced, the initial assumption was that the team had made the decision. However, an Edmonton Oilers insider, Mark Spector, clarified that Sutter himself decided to conclude his NHL journey.
Brandon Sutter called a meeting Sunday in Seattle with Oilers GM Ken Holland, head coach Jay Woodcroft and trainer TD Forss, to tell them he could not go on with his PTO. Holland: "He had some health concerns and he just felt that he was going to end his career." Long Covid...

Health Concerns

Sutter met with Oilers GM Ken Holland, coach Jay Woodcroft, and trainer TD Forss in Seattle, stating his inability to continue due to health concerns. Even after performing well in the training camp and looking likely to be in the Oilers' starting lineup, the enduring effects of his sickness forced Sutter to retire.
"Thank you to the Oilers, Canucks, Penguins and Hurricanes, as well as all my past coaches, trainers and teammates for the incredible experiences throughout my 13 seasons in the NHL." Wishing all the best in retirement to Brandon Sutter.

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