The Sabres have signed their goalie

Carter Hutton will split time with Linus Ullmark

Paul Hamilton
July 01, 2018 - 12:52 pm

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Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - The Sabres have made an upgrade in goal as they’ve signed Carter Hutton to a three-year, $8.25 million deal.

Hutton will only count $2.75 million against the salary cap when many felt he would get $4 million per-year. Hutton visted Buffalo and decided early on that this is a place he'd like to come to, "I've always had some ties to guys in Buffalo as well, I played for Phil in Nashville and Andrew Allen was my goalie coach in Rockford, I had Jerry Forton in college, so I always thought it might be an option.

"Immediately, I was their guy they wanted to sign, so it gave me a lot of confidence to go in there knowing I was the guy and I could succeed and I'm really excited to join a team like this, they're ready to win."

Hutton has been described to me as an excellent guy in the room and he’ll share the goaltending duties with Linus Ullmark.

Hutton never got a chance to play the Sabres much because he was always in the Western Conference, but he knows what they've been like, "There was always a few missing pieces, but I think now they're becoming a full team. I think shoring up the back end and getting the number one overall pick is amazing and I think Jack Eichel is becoming a superstar in the league."

Hutton comes cheaper and is an upgrade from Robin Lehner. Hutton started his NHL career in Chicago, and then went to Nashville and St. Louis. In 137 NHL games, Hutton is 63-39-17 with a 2.42 goals against average and .915 save percentage.

Last year, he took over for the Blues when Jake Allen slumped. Hutton posted a career high .931 save percentage in 32 games.

Hutton has never played more than 40 games in the NHL, and will split time with Ullmark.

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