The Blues solidified their goaltending today by signing former Predator Carter Hutton to a two year deal. Doug Armstrong hinted at maybe attempting another 1A/1B tandem in net, but the chances of signing a 1B at the same term and value as Brian Elliott was slim to none. It was going to be the Jake Allen Show the second Elliott was dealt to the Calgary Flames at the draft.
From the Blues' press release:
St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed goaltender Jake Allen to a four-year, $17.4 million contract extension and goaltender Carter Hutton to a two-year, $2.25 million contract.
Allen, 25, appeared in 47 regular season games in 2015-16, posting a 26-15-3 record along with a 2.35 goals against average and a .920 save percentage, while his six shutouts ranked second amongst all goaltenders. A second round draft pick (34th overall) of the Blues in 2008, Allen has dressed in 99 career NHL regular season games, accumulating a 57-26-7 record, a 2.34 goals against average, a .915 save percentage and 11 shutouts. In addition, the 6’3, 201-pound netminder has gone 3-5 with a 2.29 goals against average and a .902 save percentage in 12 career postseason games. Since his first career NHL game (Feb. 5, 2013), the Fredericton, New Brunswick, native owns the NHL’s fourth best win percentage (.672) among goaltenders with at least 50 games played.
Hutton, 30, dressed in 17 regular season games with the Nashville Predators last season, posting a 7-5-4 record along with a 2.33 goals against average, a .918 save percentage and two shutouts. The 6’1, 195-pound goaltender has spent each of his three full NHL seasons with the Predators, accumulating a 33-23-12 mark in 75 regular season games, including a 2.55 goals against average, a .910 save percentage and four shutouts.