By Chris Block
Carter Hutton said he and his agent were not contacted by the Blackhawks about signing an NHL contract until this past Wednesday.
“I didn’t expect it,” Hutton admitted after picking up his IceHogs leading 11th victory in a 3-2 win at Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Friday night. “It happened the day before I got put on waivers.”
Hutton had to be placed on waivers on Thursday for the purpose of signing him to the NHL contract. Per guidelines in the NHL collective bargaining agreement, Hutton first had to be offered to the 29 other NHL teams before he could officially become a Blackhawk. The contract itself was done and official on Thursday morning.
“It kind of was quick,” Hutton said of the negotiation. “There wasn’t too much to talk about. It was kind of a done deal right away.”
As covered on Friday, Hutton was on a one-year standard AHL deal with Rockford and has been with the team ever since being recalled from Toledo on December 3rd to replace an injured Alexander Salak. Hutton performed so well in Salak’s absence that he became the clear number one during that time and when Salak returned Alec Richards was sent to Toledo of the ECHL.
“It doesn’t really change a ton with me,” Hutton said. Read more
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Tagged Alexander Salak, Antoine Roussel, Brandon Bollig, Brandon Pirri, Carter Hutton, Craig MacTavish, IceHogs, Matt Fornataro, Ted Dent, Wolves
By Chris Block
A combination of Rockford’s offense gaining new life and Carter Hutton’s 32 saves ended the IceHogs’ four-game losing streak and lifted the baby-Hawks to a 6-3 win over rival Chicago Wolves.
“It was huge,” alternate captain Brett McLean said of the swoon-snapping victory. “We felt lately that maybe we had not gotten the results that we’ve deserved.”
After scoring just five goals total in their previous four games, the IceHogs’ offense exploded for a four-goal first period and six goals in all before a crowd of 4,272 at BMO Harris Bank Center.
“It was a good, hard-paced fast game,” said IceHogs’ head coach Ted Dent. “I thought we played as close to a 60-minute game as we could. There were a couple breakdowns in the second period, but other than that, I thought we played a solid game.”
Carter Hutton made his third-consecutive start since being recalled from Toledo last weekend after the Alexander Salak injury.
“I thought he was good, especially on the power play in the third (period),” Dent said of Hutton’s performance after his team defeated the Wolves for the first time this season in three matchups. “I thought he was solid. He gave us a real good chance to win tonight.” Read more
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Tagged Andrew Shaw, Anton Rodin, Brandon Bollig, Brett McLean, Brian Fahey, Byron Froese, Carter Hutton, Craig MacTavish, Darren Haydar, Dylan Olsen, Eddie Lack, IceHogs, Jeremy Morin, Joe Lavin, Kevin Connauton, Mark Mancari, Matt Climie, Michael Duco, Peter Leblanc, Philippe Paradis, Rostislav Olesz, Sebastien Erixon, Ted Dent, Tim Miller, Wolves
It appears Cristobal Huet will ride out the final year of his Blackhawks’ contract in Europe again this season. Huet is apparently in negotiations to rejoin Fribourg-Gotteron of Switzerland’s National-A league for their 2011-12 season. There had been reports in French and German newspapers indicating Huet was set to join the team for a second season. However, a statement released by Fribourg-Gotteron on Tuesday stated that a loan agreement with the Blackhawks is not yet finalized.
Should a deal be worked out, Huet would again be teammates with former Chicago Wolves’ winger Simon Gamache. He’d also have a new one. Former Blackhawk defenseman and 2003 2nd round pick (59th overall), Michal Barinka has joined Fribourg-Gotteron after time in the Czech and KHL (Yaroslavl) leagues last season.
Despite a strong 2010-11 campaign, Huet was unable to carry a lackluster Fribourg-Gotteron roster above their 22-22-3-3 record, good enough for an 8th place finish out of 12 teams. Huet did not play well, nor did he get much help, in the team’s brief 4-games-to-none playoff exit at the hands of eventual Swiss league champion, HC Davos.
Fribourg opens training camp this week. Their regular season begins on the road, September 9th against Jussi Markkanen, Andy Wozniewski, Glen Metropolit; members of EV Zug. Read more
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Tagged Becky Conner, Bobby Hull, Brent Sopel, Bryan Bickell, Chris Chelios, Colin Fraser, Craig MacTavish, Cristobal Huet, Gary Suter, Jake Dowell, Jimmy Hayes, John Torchetti, Kevyn Adams, Kyle Beach, Mike Peluso, Novokuznetsk, Ryan Kesler, Stan Mikita, Tony Amonte
Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Haviland is interviewing for the Winnipeg head coaching job on Friday, per the Winnipeg Free Press. Others known to be interviewing are Craig MacTavish, Manitoba Moose head coach Claude Noel and technically the current Winnipeg coach, Craig Ramsey. It had appeared this would essentially come down to Noel and Haviland unless another candidate steps up. However, MacTavish, who was heavily rumored to be the new Wild coach, is back in the mix as word tonight is that Minnesota hired Mike Yeo, who is the head coach of their AHL affiliate Houston Aeros. I think the linked article’s phrasing – “Ramsey has also been granted an interview,” tells you Ramsey is heading into this process a heavy underdog.
– Chris Campoli was named to the NHLPA Competition Committee on Monday. Montreal’s Mike Cammalleri is the other new member of the committee. Campoli and Cammalleri replace Mike Commodore and Mathieu Schneider as voting members. Schneider will stay on as an advisor. The committee now consists of Campoli, Cammalleri, David Backes, Chris Clark and Ryan Miller.
In Boston on Monday, the committee voted to approve the broadening of Rule 48 (originally known as the blindside headshot rule) to cover a hit to the head from any angle. Alterations were needed because when the league put together Rule 48 and called it the “Illegal Check to the head” rule (contrary to legal checks to the head, you see) the rule didn’t cover all checks to the head of an opponent.
Campoli (right knee surgery) should be cleared for full workouts in 2-3 weeks. He’s a restricted free agent on July 1 as long as he gets his qualifying offer a few days before then.
Haven’t read or heard an update on Troy Brouwer (right labral (shoulder) tear) since his May 10th surgery. He’s expected to be fine by training camp. Brouwer is also a restricted free agent in need of a new deal.
– This is old news but again, we’re catching up. Read more
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Tagged Bill Peters, Brandon Bollig, Chicago Riots, Chris Campoli, Claude Noel, Craig MacTavish, Glen Gulutzan, Jim Corno, John Torchetti, John Wiedeman, Mark Bernard, MetroCentre, Mike Haviland, Mike Yeo, Paul MacLean, Pierre Parenteau, Steve Poapst, Ted Dent, Troy Brouwer, Troy Murray, Vancouver Riots, Winnipeg Jets