Maple Leafs acquire G Michael Hutchinson

The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired goaltender Michael Hutchinson from the Florida Panthers, the team announced Saturday.

Toronto will send a fifth-round pick in 2020 to Florida.

The trade comes on the heels of Frederik Andersen being ruled as day to day with a groin injury.

Hutchinson signed a one-year, $1.3-million deal with Florida this past offseason. He made

As for his role with the Leafs, Hutchinson will likely serve solely as a goaltender in the AHL. The Marlies have been thin in the crease after both Calvin Pickard and Curtis McElhinney were claimed on waivers ahead of the season.

Kaskisuo began the season as the Marlies’ starter but suffered an injury early in the year. Veteran Jeff Glass and ECHL starter Eamon McAdam were forced to form a committee in the crease to fill the void. The pairing yielded less-than-ideal stats. McAdam has posted a 2.99 goals-against average and a .891 save percentage, while Glass had a 4.31 GAA and a .849 SV% – Glass was traded to the San Diego Gulls in exchange for future considerations.

The 28-year-old Hutchinson played in 26 games for the Manitoba Moose last season, where he managed a 2.08 GAA and a .935 SV%. He was the Panthers’ backup while Roberto Luongo missed time with a lower-body injury, but he had a dismal 4.18 GAA and a .839 SV% in four appearances.

He will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer, but the Maple Leafs will likely be able to retain his services for cheap.

With the acquisition, Toronto’s goaltending depth looks a little more promising going into next season. Along with Hutchinson and Kaskisuo, 19-year-old Ian Scott will almost certainly be ready for full-time AHL duty next year. He currently has a 1.61 GAA and a .943 SV% in 26 games with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL.

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