The Jets have signed Michael Hutchinson to a two-year contract extension worth $2.3 million.
Hutchinson, 26, appeared in 30 games for the Jets this past season, going 9-15-3 with a 2.84 GAA and .907 SV%. There is a risk of Hutchinson falling to the Jets’ No. 3 netminder behind Ondrej Pavelec and Connor Hellebuyck.
The Jets have signed Kyle Connor to a three-year, two-way deal worth $5.325M ($1.775M AAV).
Connor, 19, was a Hobey Baker Finalist this season after scoring 35 goals and 36 assists (71 points) in 38 games with the University of Michigan. Connor was the 17th overall pick in 2015 and had a massive Freshman season in Ann Arbor and will turn pro with the Jets next season.
Pavelec allowed one goal on 29 shots in the Jets win over the Wild on Sunday. Michael Hutchinson started on Tuesday, but they’re going back to Pavelec tonight. Pavelec has gone 3-0-2 with a 1.96 GAA, .933 SV% and one shutout in his last five starts. He draws a tough matchup against a Sharks team that has won four of their last five games.
Hutchinson allowed two goals on 19 shots in the Jets loss to the Senators last Wednesday. Hutchinson has lost three straight starts while posting a 2.64 GAA and .901 SV%. Tonight he will face the Ducks for the third time this season—he is 0-1-1 with a 3.40 GAA and .897 SV% in the first two meetings this season.
The Jets have sent Brendan Lemieux to Manitoba (AHL).
Lemieux, 20, was the Jets’ second round pick (31st overall) in 2014. He split his season between the Barrie Colts and Windsor Spitfires (OHL), tallying a total of 32 goals and 30 assists (62 points) in 45 regular season games and five points (4G / 1A) in three playoff games with Windsor.
Pavelec allowed three goals on 32 shots in the Jets loss in Philadelphia on Monday. Pavelec was 4-5-1 with a 2.51 GAA and .917 SV% in March and tonight he makes his 28th start of the season. Tonight he takes on a Blackhawks team that has surprisingly gone 3-5-2 in their last 10 games. Pavelec is 6-8-1 with a 2.46 GA and .919 SV% on the road this season.
Hutchinson allowed three goals on 29 shots in the Jets loss in Buffalo on Saturday. Hutchinson has gone 1-2-2 wit ha 2.96 GAA and .901 SV% in five starts this month. Hutchinson will face a Senators team that has lost three in a row—the 26-year-old stopped 29 of 31 shots in a 3-2 shootout loss in his first start against Ottawa.
Pavelec made 33 saves on 34 shots in the Jets win over the Kings on Thursday. Pavelec has won his last two starts while stopping 61 of 62 shots (.984 SV%). Michael Hutchinson started on Saturday, so they’ll come back to Pavelec tonight in Philly. The 28-year-old is 4-5-1 with a 3.09 GAA and .889 SV% on the road this season.
Hutchinson leads the Jets onto the ice for warmups.
Hutchinson allowed three goals on 23 shots in the Jets loss to the Ducks last Sunday. Hutchinson has gone 1-1-2 with a 2.94 GAA and .902 SV% in March and today he starts in Buffalo—he has gone 5-11-1 with a 3.04 GAA and .902 SV% on the road this season. The Sabres come in ranked 28th in the NHL, averaging 2.32 goals per game on home ice this season.