Hawks lose Hutton & St. Pierre
I know I know they weren't really members of the Hawks but they have been around the franchise for years. Goalie Carter Hutton signed with Nashville on Friday and forward Martin St. Pierre signed with Montreal on Saturday.
Because of these moves Rockford will be looking for a new captain and starting goaltender.
Hutton, 27, is expected to compete for the backup job for the Predators. He signed a one-year deal, two-way contract worth $500,000. He only appeared in one game for the Hawks, which was the regular season finale this past season. Hutton went 26-22 with a GAA of 2.72 and save percentage of .908 in Rockford this past season.
Newcomer Antti Raanta will probably take over the No.1 goaltender duties for the Icehogs next season.
St. Pierre actually is leaving the Hawks organization for the second time. He appeared in 21 games for the Blackhawks during 2005-2008. He returned back this past season and was voted captain of the Icehogs. At 29 he was the oldest member of the Icehogs, except for Steve Montador he only played in a handful of games.
He also signed a one-year, two way contract. Financial details were not released. St. Pierre should have some familiarity with current Canadians GM, Marc Bergevin, since they were both part of the organization during his first stint with the team.
With St. Pierre's departure and the expected elevation of guys like Jeremy Morin, Ben Smith and Brandon Pirri it will leave the roster very young in Rockford. It will be interesting to see if the Hawks sign some veteran guys to help fill out the roster.
But first we will have to see who will stay in Chicago and who will be headed to Rockford but that won;t be decided till October. So plenty of time to worry about that later.