Hutton is not expected to receive a qualifying offer from Vancouver, making him an unrestricted free agent, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. Hutton scored five goals and 20 points in 69 games last season, his first 20-point campaign since his 2015-16 rookie season. Assuming the 26-year-old doesn't get traded, he will be free to join any team this offseason.
Hutton (foot) had two shots and two blocked shots while skating 24:37 in a 3-2 shootout win over the Kings on Thursday. Hutton remains at 20 points in 65 appearances this season after missing 11 contests with the injury. With the emergence of Quinn Hughes, who also returned from a foot injury Thursday, the Canucks' blue line is suddenly crowded, making Hutton no guarantee to feature in all of their last four games.
Hutton (foot) will be back with the Canucks for Thursday's matchup against the Kings, Farhan Lalji of TSN reports. Hutton has missed the previous 11 contests, but will get back into action and help a banged up Canucks blueline. He has five goals and 20 points through 64 games this year. While his recent absence will likely prevent him from surpassing his career-high 25 point total, 2018-19 has served as a nice bounce back season for the defender. Hutton only tallied six points last year.
Canucks coach Travis Green said Hutton (foot) could play Thursday against the Kings. Hutton's missed the past 11 games without many specifics available regarding how his recovery has gone. Of course, even when he ultimately returns, Hutton could lose playing time to phenom Quinn Hughes -- assuming Hughes is ready to return from a foot injury of his own.
Hutton (foot) is expected to begin practice with the team soon. The fact that Hutton is yet to start practicing with the team likely means he won't be ready in time for the Canucks' upcoming back-to-back Saturday and Sunday versus Calgary and Columbus, respectively, though no official timeline has come from the team. Once given the all-clear, the defenseman will bump Guillaume Brisebois or Ashton Sautner from the lineup.
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