Leafs fans worst nightmare is coming true.
The @MapleLeafs have recalled goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo from the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on an emergency basis.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) December 29, 2018
Frederik Andersen has a groin injury and will not dress tonight for the #leafs.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) December 29, 2018
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has acquired goaltender Michael Hutchinson from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Toronto’s fifth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. Hutchinson will report to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
— Kevin McGran (@kevin_mcgran) December 29, 2018
Throwback to the Calder Finals in June, 2014 when Michael Hutchinson guided St. John’s to victory in game 2 at Cedar Park ,Texas. Welcome to Toronto Michael. Photo cred @nicoleburns77 #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/39s6sWHtNG
— Paul Hendrick (@HennyTweets) December 29, 2018
There was a time when I sat within the confines of Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland, while watching the St. John’s Ice Caps go deep into the playoffs.
I remember it fondly because hockey, for most, had finally returned to the provinces capital city, and I, like so many, was happy to buy in.
I also remember it for the raucous crowds, the after parties, and the chants of “HUTCH!! HUTCH!! HUTCH!!” that often rained down on goalie Michael Hutchinson. He often stood on his head and stole games while we cheered him on.
He was a young 24 year old at that time, trying to break into the NHL, and although this city is flooded with Leafs and Habs fans, we all wanted to see it happen.
Fast forward a few years and Hutch hasn’t really gotten a firm foothold in the NHL. He had some terrific stretches for the Jets, but ended up being pushed out the door after the emergence of Connor Hellebuyck.
Now at 28 years old, and with Toronto being his 3rd franchise, it’s probably not reasonable to think Hutch will emerge as anything more than a depth goalie. However, he can be a terrific AHL starter, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
As for his place with the Leafs:
We all know that the Leafs’ goalie depth was ravaged after they lost both of Curtis McElhinney and Calvin Pickard to waivers at the start of the season. This deal gives the Marlies a starter they can lean on. It also provides NHL depth in case of injury by adding a player that has appeared in over 100 games in his career. On top of that the Leafs had 9 picks in the 2020 draft, so giving up a 5th rounder isn’t much to pay.
Good deal for the Leafs.
Good change of scenery for Hutchinson.
There’s really nothing to hate with this one.