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Blues Sign Free Agent Goalie Hutton

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues have found a goalie partner for Jake Allen.

The club signed free agent goaltender Carter Hutton to a two-year contract worth $2.25 million on Friday, the first day of free agency.

"Couldn't be happier to join @StLouisBlues," Hutton tweeted on Friday. "Can't wait to get the season going!!!"

Hutton just finished up a two-year contract with the Nashville Predators. In limited work behind Pekka Rinne last season, the 30-year-old native of Thunder Bay, Ontario recorded a 7-5-4 record in 17 games, posting a 2.33 goals-against average, a .918 save-percentage and two shutouts.

During the 2013-14 season, Hutton posted a career-high 20 wins in Nashville.

"He was at the top of our list. He got in there a couple years ago when Rinne got hurt and had a really good run with Nashville," Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong said. "He's a lot like Brian Elliott - a great competitor and a great teammate. He's looking to push Jake but also understands he's a mentor and a solid partner.

"There were a lot of positives to bringing him in."

Overall, Hutton has appeared in 76 NHL games, posting a 33-24-12 record with a 2.56 goals-against average and a .910 save-percentage.

Earlier Friday, the Blues signed Jake Allen to a four-year contract extension, locking him up through the 2020-21 season.

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