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Journeyman goalie in line for Sabres starting job

Looks like Hutton will compete with Ullmark for the spot

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Carter Hutton of the St Louis Blues last season
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With the Buffalo Sabres refusing to offer Robin Lehner a qualifying offer, there will be a vacancy at the goaltender position this coming season. General Manager Jason Botterill has indicated that Linus Ullmark will be up permanently from Rochester next season, so it’s likely Buffalo will be looking to sign a free agent in the coming days to compete for the starting role.

Earlier today, TSN’s Pierre LeBrun tweeted that the Sabres are looking to sign Carter Hutton for the role.

That is an interesting development because just a couple of days ago according to Craig Custance the cast of suitors for Hutton included the Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes and Detroit Red Wings, with his current side the St Louis Blues likely to move on.

Hutton is a popular goalie, and not just because he was the real reason the Blues got close to the playoffs last season. His overall body of work is quite decent since he came up to the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2012-13, before moving on to the Nashville Predators and then the Blues.

Again, there’s lots of speculation as nothing will be finalized until free agency starts on Sunday July 1st, but getting the reliable Hutton to compete with Ullmark for the starting role seems like a win-win situation for Buffalo.