The Leafs announced today that goaltender Michael Hutchinson has been placed on waivers.
Michael Hutchinson (TOR) is on waivers.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) November 11, 2019
This comes just hours after Hutchinson started his 5th game of the season, in which he posted a GAA of 4.44 and a 0.879SV%, to go along with a record of 0-4-1.
It’s now expected that Kasimir Kaskisuo will be recalled to act as the backup to starting goalie Frederik Andersen.
I’d expect Kasimir Kaskisuo to come up from the Marlies to be the back up in TOR.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) November 11, 2019
The 26 year old Kaskisuo has gotten off to a roaring start with the AHLs Toronto Marlies. He sports a record of 6-1-1, with 1 shutout, a 2.13GAA and a 0.928SV%. Kaskisuo has been in the Toronto system since he signed as a college free agent towards the end of the 2015/16 season. While he has bounced around between the ECHL and AHL since that time, and even played 28 games for the AHLs Chicago Wolves (Vegas Golden Knights affiliate) in 2017/18, while still under contract to the Leafs, he had finally settled in as a permanent fixture with the Toronto Marlies last year.
It would have been nice to leave him with the Marlies for a while longer to see how well he can develop, but the big club is desperate to find stability between the pipes on nights that Frederik Andersen has to rest, and Michael Hutchinson never really provided that stability.
My guess is Kasimir will be the stop-gap solution with the Leafs while they search for a veteran that is more suited to the backup role. In the meantime, this is a big opportunity for a goaltender that has never really come with high expectations, to try to show the organization how good he can be.
All of this is speculative at the moment. It is also possible that Toronto GM, Kyle Dubas, has a trade in the works and simply had to waive Hutchinson before pulling the trigger. We’ll find out soon enough.