by Paul Peck, Buffalo Sports Page
The Sabres made a key free agent signing on Sunday, when they grabbed veteran goalie Carter Hutton. It’s a three year contract worth $8.25 million, an average of $2.75 million dollars a season.
Here’s what you need to know about the newest Buffalo hockey player.
- Will likely pair with Linus Ullmark and help him develop as the Sabres goalie of the future. Look for Hutton to play somewhere around 40 games
- Hutton is an older player, at 32. He didn’t enter the NHL until age 27.
- Hutton has played with three previous teams: Chicago, Nashville, St. Louis
- In Chicago, he played only 1 game in the 2012-13 season
- In Nashville, he backed up Pekka Rinne and started 66 games during three seasons. In his first season there, 2013-14, Hutton started 34 games when Rinne was hurt
- Sabres head coach Phil Housley was on the Nashville staff as an assistant when Hutton was there
- He’s backed up Jake Allen the past two years in St. Louis, starting 47 games and winning 30.
- Last year, he won 17 games, with a goals against of 2.09 and a save percentage of .931. Those numbers led the NHL.
- He has a career save percentage of .915, which is very good.
- He attended college at UMass-Lowell.
- Hutton is a native of Thunder Bay, Ontario
- He has worn the numbers 33, 30 & 40 with his previous teams. All three are available with the Sabres.
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