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.

For more on the Sabres free agency, stay with Buffalo Sports Page.

Paul Peck

Paul Peck is sports broadcaster with over 25 years experience in TV and Radio. He served as sports anchor, reporter, and producer at WIVB for 24 years. In that role, he covered all four Buffalo Bills Super Bowls, the Buffalo Sabres in the Stanley Cup Finals, the NCAA Basketball Tournament and the Daytona 500. He has been the Voice of the UB Bulls Football for 17 seasons, in addition to host of Bulls Athletics TV & Radio shows. Peck also served as the sideline reporter for the Buffalo Bills Football Network, host of the bowling show "Beat The Champ" and announces college basketball for ESPN 3 and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. He has also been the Master of Ceremonies for the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, one of the largest sports banquets in WNY.

Paul is also involved in the local business community, having been a financial advisor at AXA Advisors, and is currently the Vice President of Sports Development at VSP Graphics Group.

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