Preds have faith in Hutton, sign G for 2yrs
The Nashville Predators announced yesterday the signing of 28 year old goaltender Carter Hutton of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada who considers chocolate as his guilty pleasure, to a two year contract. Hutton will make $700,000 in 2014-15 and $750,000 in 2015-2016 putting the Predators on the hook for a total of $1.45 million over the next two seasons for what they hope is solid backup behind Pekka Rinne.
It appears the Predators are now set with Hutton as the backup to Rinne and now, have a decision to make on 23 year old Magnus Hellberg and 22 year old Marek Mazanek. Especially with the continued positive performances by 19 year old Juuse Saros of Forssa, Finland who could likely be pushing for a position in Milwaukee very soon. Saros continued to raise eyebrows at this years world juniors tournament .Saros posted a 5-1 record with a 1.57 GAA leading Finland to a gold medal win over Sweden. Question is which Carter Hutton will show up in net next year. Hutton record in black and white was 19 wins and 15 loses. I’m counting losing in a shootout or overtime for what it is, a loss. Hutton looked out matched at times and had myself and i am sure many other Predators fans covering their eyes game after game. He let in some of the softest and at the worst time goals you will probably ever see by an NHL level goalie. Hutton was pulled several times during the time he filled in for a injured Pekka Rinne. The most notable was on November 8 after giving up 3 goals in 8:23 TIO against the Winnipeg Jets.
However, Carter Hutton ended the season strong as did the Nashville Predators. Hutton finished the season with 5 wins in his last 6 starts. A nice ending but keep in mind the team was pretty loose without much pressure after having little to no shot at making the playoffs.
-Hutton finished the season with .910% SA and 2.62GA.
-He ranked 32nd in the league in goals against, 36th save percentage, and 28th goals against average.
You don’t have to be a goalie expert to see that Carter Hutton improved throughout the year and made a strong case for the Predators to resign him. He never backed down and always seemed to play hard while playing better and better as the year went along. A solid signing for the money by the Predators. It will be interesting to see how he does in the 2014/2015 season if the Predators lose long time coach Mitch Korn.