The Jets agreed to terms with Hutchinson on a two-year, $2.3 million contract extension Tuesday. Hutchinson dazzled as a rookie in 2014-15, recording a 21-10-5 record, 2.38 GAA and .914 save percentage. He didn't perform nearly as well this past season, going 9-15-3 with a 2.84 GAA. Still, veteran netminders Ondrej Pavelec and Connor Hellebuyck will become free agents after this next season -- with Pavelec being unrestricted -- so it was smart of the Jets to have locked up Hutchinson this summer.
Hutchinson no longer will start Saturday against the Kings since he came down with an illness, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports, adding that Hutchinson will still dress as the backup to Ondrej Pavelec. Barring an emergency entrance into Saturday's tilt, Hutchinson's season comes to a close, having posted a 9-15-3 record and 2.84 GAA through 30 appearances. That's a heavy workload for a backup tender, and he's expected to compete for an even larger role next season.
Hutchinson gets the starting nod against Los Angeles on Saturday, Brian Munz of TSN 1290 reports. Hutchinson will make the final start of the 2015-16 campaign for the Jets. It has been a difficult season for the netminder as he went 9-15-3 with a .907 save percentage. Winnipeg is currently riding a three-game winning streak, but will be tested by a Kings' squad looking to secure the top spot in Pacific division. Given Hutchinson's struggles in goal, it may be advisable to look elsewhere for a netminder to slot into your daily lineup.
Hutchinson stopped 27 of 28 shots in a 2-1 in over the Ducks on Tuesday. Hutchinson allowed one or fewer goals for just the fourth time this season in Tuesday's win. It was also his first since March 14, as he's posted a 1-2-1 record in his last four games. After compiling an impressive 21-10-5 record last season, the 26-year-old is now just 8-15-3 on the season. It might be best to look elsewhere in the last few games of the 2015-16 campaign.
Hutchinson will be in the crease in Tuesday's road matchup with the Ducks, Brian Munz of TSN 1290 reports. Hutchinson was a bit shaky in his last outing, allowing two goals on 17 shots en route to a 2-1 loss to the Senators on Wednesday. The 2008 third-round pick will look to snap a three-game losing streak Tuesday in a tough road matchup with a hot Anaheim team that has won four of its last five games.
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