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New York Islanders Goaltending Upgrade Options for 2018-19

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Goalie Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders looks on after allowing a goal to Matt Niskanen #2 of the Washington Capitals during the second period at Capital One Arena on March 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Goalie Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders looks on after allowing a goal to Matt Niskanen #2 of the Washington Capitals during the second period at Capital One Arena on March 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /
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GLENDALE, AZ – MARCH 31: Goaltender Carter Hutton #40 of the St. Louis Blues skates back to the net during a break from the third period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on March 31, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ – MARCH 31: Goaltender Carter Hutton #40 of the St. Louis Blues skates back to the net during a break from the third period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on March 31, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Carter Hutton | St. Louis Blues

Production

Record: 32 games played 17-7-3

Stats: 0.931SV%, 2.09GAA, 79GA%

Why Him?

Just look at the stats. They speak for themselves. With a 0.931 SV%, Carter Hutton was at the top of the league. And his 2.09 goals against average were just as impressive. And it’s not like he only started a handful of games.

Carter Hutton played in 32 games for the St. Louis Blues. That’s an above average workload for a backup goaltender.

And guess what? Carter Hutton is an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. So far there’s no word if St. Louis resigns him. But if they don’t, and why would they, they still have Jake Allen to be the starter, the Islanders should swoop in.

The Islanders can offer Hutton a starting position on day one of the 2018-19 season. They can also offer him decent wages. With Halak’s $4.5 million off the books, the Islanders could give Hutton double on his previous $1.25 million AAV and still be saving money.

It’s a match made in heaven.

Why Not?

He’s never been a starter. The most Hutton has played in a single season was 40 games for the Nashville Predators in 2013-14. Can he start 60+ games for the Islanders in 2018-19?

He’s also 32-years-old. He’s not old or done. But he’s not a youngster either. Is it worth the risk for the Islanders? They’d be better getting a proven quality NHL starter, but it’s not like any are easily available.

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