Goaltender Michael Hutchinson agreed to terms with the Winnipeg Jets on a two-year contract Tuesday. The Jets said it has an average annual value of $1.150 million.
Hutchinson could have been a restricted free agent on July 1.
"It's a weight off your shoulders in the summertime," Hutchinson told the Jets website. "I'm excited to be able to be here and be a part of the Winnipeg Jets organization for another couple of years. I couldn't be happier."
Hutchinson, 26, appeared in 30 games with the Jets in 2015-16, finishing with a 9-15-3 record, a 2.84 goals-against average and .907 save percentage, while sharing time with Ondrej Pavelec and Connor Hellebuyck. He is expected to compete for the No. 1 goaltender's job next season.
"I'm not really thinking about that right now," Hutchinson said. "I'm sure everything will sort itself out in time. The only thing I can control is getting myself ready for the season to put my best foot forward as soon as the season starts."
Hutchinson is 32-26-8 with a 2.53 GAA and .912 save percentage in 71 NHL games. The native of Barrie, Ontario, was selected by the Boston Bruins in the third round (No. 77) of the 2008 NHL Draft and signed by the Jets as a free agent on July 19, 2013.