The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired G Michael Hutchinson from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a fifth-round selection in 2020. The Toronto Maple Leafs traded Nazem Kadri, Calle Rosen, and a 2020 third round selection to the Colorado Avalanche for Tyson Barrie, Alexander Kerfoot, and a 2020 sixth round pick. The Maple Leafs then signed Hutchinson to a two-year, $1.5 million contract.
Hutchinson was drafted by the Panthers with their first-round selection (18th overall) at the 2014 NHL Draft. He went on to play four seasons with the University of Minnesota-Duluth, earning All-America honors in 2016-17. The Maple Leafs were looking for some experience behind Jonas Gustavsson this season and signed Hutchinson to a two-year deal worth $1.5 million. He will be 26 years old when the 2019-20 season starts and has played all but three games over the last two seasons.
In 216 career games with the University of Minnesota-Duluth, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Panthers, Hutchinson has a 100-68-19 record, 2.71 goals against average, and.908 save percentage. He also has five shutouts.
Hutchinson's brother, Brady, plays for the New York Rangers. He was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes with their first-round pick (22nd overall) at the 2011 NHL Draft.
Hutchinson was transferred by the Maple Leafs to the Colorado Avalanche on February 24, 2020, in exchange for Calle Rosen. He remained with the Avalanche to replace injured goalie Philipp Grubauer as the backup to Pavel Francouz. Hutchinson had been with the Maple Leafs since 2016 when he replaced an injured Frederik Andersen.
He played four games for the Avalanche, allowing nine goals on 42 shots, before being traded back to the Maple Leafs on March 1, 2020, in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.
Hutchinson played two more games for the Maple Leafs after being returned from Denver before being sent down to the AHL's Toronto Marlies on March 3, 2020. He appeared in one game with the Marlies before being released on March 8, 2020.
Hutchinson first signed with the Maple Leafs as a free agent on July 1, 2016. He spent three seasons with the American Hockey League's (AHL) Toronto Marlies before making his NHL debut with the team this season. During that time, he went 105-45-13 with a 2.29 goals against average and.924 save percentage.
Hutchinson also has two years remaining on his contract with the Maple Leafs. He is scheduled to become a free agent next summer.
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Hutchinson started his career with the Colorado Avalanche, where he played from 2002 to 2008. During that time, he won the NHL's Most Valuable Player Award in 2006. He also won the Jack Adams Award as the league's best goaltender in 2007.
After eight seasons in Denver, Hutchinson became a free agent in July 2008. On September 14, 2008, he signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
During the 2009–10 season, Hutch was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy by the National Hockey League (NHL) for "his dedication and commitment to helping others during a time of tragedy and grief." The award is given each year to "a player who has exhibited great perseverance and dedication to hockey after suffering a serious injury."
In 2010–11, Hutch played in 46 games for the Maple Leafs before being traded to the New York Islanders on February 27, 2011, in exchange for Garret Sparks. He finished the season with the Islanders.
Hutchinson played in eight games with Springfield before being transferred to the Toronto Maple Leafs on December 29, 2018 in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round draft selection. He was promptly sent to the Toronto Marlies, Toronto's AHL affiliate.
Hutchinson made his NHL debut on January 5, 2019 against the Boston Bruins. He scored his first career goal just over two months into his rookie season.
He finished his first pro season with 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 points in 76 games. The young center also notched three goals in eight playoff games as the Marlies reached the second round for the third straight year.
Hutchinson was drafted by the Maple Leafs with their fourth-overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. Prior to turning professional, he spent four years at Yale University where he won a national championship (2016).
He is the younger brother of New York Rangers forward Ryan Hutchinson.
In other news, your Springfield Thunderbirds are an American Hockey League team based in Springfield, Massachusetts. They are members of the East Division of the AHL's Atlantic Conference. The franchise was founded in 1967 when the original Thunderbirds were admitted into the league. In 1975, they changed their name to the Springfield Indians to reflect their status as the top minor league team in the city.