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Report: Carter Hutton to be signed by Buffalo Sabres on July 1st

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The Blues’ backup goaltender is about to be the Sabres’ starter.

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According to the Buffalo News, Carter Hutton has found his new home. Come July 1st, Hutton will be the starter for the Buffalo Sabres. After years spent as the backup in Nashville and the 1B in St. Louis, it’s certainly an upgrade in position. As far as team goes, the Sabres finished 31st overall last year, so that is open to interpretation.

From the Buffalo News piece:

When free agency starts Sunday at noon, the Sabres are expected to have their starting goalie when they sign St. Louis Blues backup Carter Hutton. It’s expected to be a three-year deal, pegged by NHL sources in the neighborhood of $10 million to $11 million. Longtime St. Louis-based reporter Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest is among those locking up Hutton to Buffalo Friday morning.

That’s a decent chunk of change. Hutton’s current contract is $1.125 million a year; his new one should get him slightly over $3 mil per year to $3.5 million a season.

If this pans out, best of luck to Carter Hutton and may God have mercy on the next inductee into the Blues’ goaltending drama.