Panthers agree to terms with Hutchinson

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The Florida Panthers have agreed to terms with goaltender Michael Hutchinson on a one-year, one-way contract.

Hutchinson was a Second Team AHL All-Star in 2017-18, going 17-5-4 in 26 appearances with the Manitoba Moose and ranking third in the league with a 2.08 goals-against average and second with a .935 save percentage.

Hutchinson earned his first NHL start of the season on Jan. 30, 2018, picking up the victory for the Winnipeg Jets one night after representing the Moose in the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic.

Hutchinson was also the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month in November and December, the first back-to-back winner of the award since Matt Murray in 2015.

A native of Barrie, Ont., Hutchinson was 2-1-0 (3.26, .907) in three appearances with Winnipeg last season. He has played in 102 career NHL games, posting a 43-39-11 record, a 2.65 GAA, a .910 save percentage and three shutouts.

Over his career in the AHL, he has appeared in 137 games with Manitoba, St. John’s and Providence, registering a 73-47-10 record, a 2.42 GAA, a .921 save percentage and 12 shutouts.