The Islanders have agreed to terms with one of their restricted free agents as PuckPedia reports (Twitter link) that New York has signed defenseman Grant Hutton to a two-year, two-way contract. The deal is worth $700K in the NHL next season with a $100K AHL salary and a $125K guarantee while his NHL pay in 2021-22 will be $750K with a $125K AHL salary and a $200K guarantee.
The 25-year-old signed with the Islanders as an undrafted free agent in 2019 after wrapping up his college career at Miami (Ohio) and was capped to a one-year entry-level term due to his age. Hutton’s first full professional campaign was a decent one as he posted 21 points in 55 games with AHL Bridgeport, good for third among Sound Tigers defensemen.
While Hutton is a little old by prospect standards, he is still exempt from waivers for the 2020-21 season (unless he plays in 60 NHL games). He’ll likely return to Bridgeport and will try to position himself for a recall whenever injuries strike in New York next season.