May 21, 2024

Red Wings sign goaltender Michael Hutchinson to one-year, two-way contract

In response to the absence of two goaltenders for an extended period, the Detroit Red Wings took action on Tuesday. The team officially announced the signing of experienced goalie Michael Hutchinson to a one-year, two-way contract. The setbacks in the net occurred when Alex Lyon sustained an oblique injury during last Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers, and Ville Husso left Monday’s game versus the Anaheim Ducks due to a lower-body injury.

The team provided updates on the injured netminders, stating that Lyon is considered week-to-week, while Husso will be sidelined “for a while.” Hutchinson had already been with the Red Wings’ AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, for the initial portion of the 2023-24 season, where he posted a 5-7-1 record with a .895 save percentage and recorded one shutout in 13 games.

Red Wings sign goaltender Michael Hutchinson to one-year, two-way contract

Before the regular season, the six-foot-three goaltender participated in two preseason games with the Red Wings, having been signed to a professional tryout (PTO). The 33-year-old Hutchinson’s previous season included stints with the AHL’s Henderson Silver Knights and the Columbus Blue Jackets, with seven appearances for the Silver Knights and 16 games played for the Blue Jackets.

Originally drafted by the Boston Bruins in the third round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Hutchinson has accumulated a 57-61-18 record with a .902 save percentage and six shutouts in 153 career NHL games. His NHL career spans teams such as the Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Avalanche, and the Blue Jackets since the 2013-14 season. Additionally, Hutchinson boasts a career in the AHL, having played 222 games with a record of 111-78-21 and 16 shutouts. He was also part of the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic.

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