The Nashville Predators general manager David Poile announced Monday that goalie Carter Hutton has been signed to a two-year, $1.5 million contract. Hutton would have become an unrestricted free agent come summer if he had not agreed to this deal.
Hutton tweeted his excitement to be re-joining the Predators.
So excited to be back in Nashville!!! Thanks for all the kind words and support throughout the year, next season can’t come soon enough!!
— Carter Hutton (@CarterHutton) June 2, 2014
Hutton will make $700,000 during the 2014-15 season and $750,000 during the 2015-16 season.
This past season was Hutton’s first full season in the National Hockey League. He finished as the sixth 20 game winner in Predators history after going 20-11-4. Hutton had a 2.62 goals-against average, a .910 save percentage and had one shutout over the course of the season. Hutton was also 6-0-1 when facing no less than 35 shots.
Hutton was brought to the Predators under the recommendation of goaltending coach Mitch Korn. Whether or not Korn will return next season is unknown, however Hutton is thankful to everything he has done for him so early on in his NHL career.
“He’s helped me out a lot and we’ve had a pretty close relationship,” Hutton said. “It’s one that’s not going to stop, whether he’s here or he’s gone. He’s a guy I’ll always be in touch with the rest of my career. Moving forward whoever we have, I’m going to keep getting better.”
Hutton made his NHL debut in April 2013 when he played with the Chicago Blackhawks. Prior to that, Hutton was undrafted and spent time with Adirondack, Worcester and Rockford of the American Hockey League and Toledo of the ECHL between 2010 and 2013.
Between 2006 and 2010 Hutton played goalie for four seasons with UMass-Lowell. He ended his college hockey career as the school’s all time leader in goals-against average at 2.33, save percentage at .913 and shutouts at 10.
The Predators went 38-32-12 over the 2013-14 season.