St. Louis Blues goaltender Carter Hutton is an unrestricted free agent. Currently, the Buffalo Sabres are aggressively going for Hutton. Undoubtedly, Hutton was the reason that the Blues got as close to the playoffs last season as they did. The Blues know that losing Hutton will hinder those chances in the future. With a 93.1 percent save percentage in 30 appearances in the 2016-17 season, he had the best season of his career. Hutton now 32 years old, he is showing no sign of stopping and is always pushing to improve himself, as well as his team mates.
With that being said, of course it would be in the best interest of the Sabres, or any team for that matter, to go after Hutton. Reports have stated that the Sabres are trying to get Hutton to sign to a three year deal. After losing out on Philipp Grubauer in a trade to the Colorado Avalanche, they are now in high hopes of acquiring Hutton. As of now, there is no deal in place and nothing can become official until Sunday, July 1st.
So what does that mean for the Blues? Will they acquire the Sabres forward Ryan O’Reily? Who will become back up for Jake Allen? Would the Blues benefit in bringing up one of their AHL goaltenders, such as Jordan Binnington or Ville Husso? There is a lot of uncertainty at the moment, however, none of these questions will start to be answered until after Sunday.