Maple Leafs And Coyotes Strike Another Deal

For the second time in three days, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Arizona Coyotes have completed a trade. In this one, Toronto has acquired goaltender Carter Hutton for future considerations. 

This isn't as notable as the splash they made just a few days ago, but it's still an intriguing move. The Leafs have added to their goaltending depth without having to give up any of their assets. With that, Hutton was just placed on waivers this Sunday and cleared. Therefore, the Leafs do not have to go through the same process to send him to their AHL affiliate - the Toronto Marlies. 

Hutton isn't going to take away Petr Mrazek's spot as the Maple Leafs' backup. Yet, if the latter ends up having more injury trouble as the season progresses, we could see Hutton get into some action with the Leafs. With this move, they have added another goaltender with a lot of overall NHL experience. Now, they have two depth goaltenders who fit this description in him and Michael Hutchinson. 

In three appearances with the Coyotes this season, Hutton sported a 0-2-0 record, 7.76 goals-against average, and .741 save percentage. Yes, he struggled mightily, but the sample size was obviously extremely small. Over the course of his 235-game NHL career, he has a 94-90-27 record, 2.76 goals-against average, and .908 save percentage. 

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