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Predators give Carter Hutton two-year extension

Jun 2, 2014, 4:25 PM EDT

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The Nashville Predators have announced that goaltender Carter Hutton has agreed to a two-year, $1.45 million contract. He would have become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

In the first one-way contract of his career, Hutton will earn $700,000 in 2014-15 and $750,000 the following season.

With Pekka Rinne sidelined for most of the 2013-14 campaign, Hutton posted a 20-11-4 record, 2.62 GAA, and .910 save percentage in 40 games. Now that Rinne is healthy, Hutton is projected to start 2014-15 as the backup goaltender.

By locking up Hutton, the Predators have also signaled that 22-year-old Marek Mazanec will start next season in the minors. He had a 2.80 GAA and .902 save percentage in 25 contests with Nashville last season.

Hutton, 28, needed persistence to get to this point. He wasn’t drafted or even reached the level of the Major Juniors in Canada. Instead he spent four seasons in the Junior-A SIJHL, another four years with UMass-Lowell, and then three campaigns playing in the minors before getting his big opportunity in 2013-14.

  1. hockeyornothing - Jun 2, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Way to go Hutton! You deserve it. Been following you since you were in Rockford and pro masque maker told me what a great guy you were. I was disappointed you were traded but at least you get to play in Nashville. And now a one way! Also thought I read you got your name on the 13 S C. !!!

    Next time it will be with you as starter!

    Best of luck next season except when you play the Hawks of course!

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