30-Year-Old Goalie – Nashville Predators
Carter Hutton Contract Information:
Signed a two-year, $1.45 million contract with the Predators in June 2014.
General Manager Dave Poile told reporters that Hutton viewed remaining with the Predators as a "dead end" which likely ends his tenure with the club.
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After appearing in just one NHL contest prior to the 2013-14 season, Hutton was pressed into action for 40 games last year in the wake of the hip infection that kept Pekka Rinne out for the majority of the campaign, doing well to keep the Predators competitive. He finished with a 20-11-4 record, 2.62 GAA and .910 save percentage, establishing himself as a reliable backup for the team. He likely won't see as much playing time in the upcoming season unless Rinne suffers another long-term injury, but he may make for a serviceable spot-starting option in daily formats on the nights he'll be in the net. The Preds were so impressed with Huttonís efforts last season that they rewarded him with a new two-year, $1.45 million contract in June.
Hutton, who signed a one-year contract with the Preds in July, was previously in the Chicago Blackhawks' minor league system. The 27-year-old Hutton appeared in 51 games for AHL Rockford last season, posting a 26-22-1 record, 2.72 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. He is expected to open the season for the Preds as the backup to Pekka Rinne, but is unlikely to see much ice time in that role.
Hutton is the number three goalie on the Chicago depth chart heading into this season. He started last season in the ECHL, but moved up to Rockford of the AHL when Alexander Salak got hurt; he never looked back. He delivered a 22-13-4 record with a 2.35 GAA and .917 save percentage. Still, the Hawks are his third organization in three years, and this is his first real breakout. He could be a back-up for the Hawks' in 2013-14 if he continues to excel.
Hutton, a native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, inked a deal with the Sharks as an unrestricted free agent in June of 2010. At UMass-Lowell, he shined between the pipes with a a four-year average of 2.35 in the goals-against average category. No need to jump on the Hutton bandwagon just yet, however. Last season was his first taste of the professional game, and he only had the chance to stop pucks in four games - all with the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL, when he was property of the Flyers. Look for Hutton with Worcester this season.