December 10, 2017 | 10:59am ET
OILERS INTERESTED IN HUTCHINSON, MRAZEK
Michael Hutchinson, goaltender
The Edmonton Oilers, despite beating the Montreal Canadiens 6-2 on Saturday night, are still scouring the market for help between the pipes.
With starter Cam Talbot still out of action, Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli is believe to be looking to acquire another goaltender to help carry the load until Talbot returns, and perhaps longer.
During Saturday night’s “Headlines” segment on Hockey Night in Canada on CBC, Nick Kypreos reported the Oilers are interested in Winnipeg Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson, who is currently playing in the AHL, while Elliotte Friedman claimed the Oilers are also looking at Detroit Red Wings netminder Petr Mrazek.
Hutchinson, 27, is in the final year of his contract that pays him a $1.3 million salary, though his cap hit is $1.15 million. He's posted a 9-1-1 record with a 1.82 goals-against-average and a .947 save percentage in 12 games with the Manitoba Moose so far this season.
The Florida Panthers and Pittsburgh Penguins are also believed to be looking for a backup goaltender, and could target Hutchinson.
Mrazek, 25, is also in the final-year of his contract, though he’s set to become a restricted free agent next summer, while Hutchinson can become an unrestricted free agent. Mrazek also comes with a $4 million salary cap hit, though his actual salary is $4.15 million this season.
The Red Wings are a bubble team this season, though many believe they will tinker with their roster and look to move out some of their players in an attempt to retool for next season, with Mrazek and defenceman Mike Green likely on the trade block.
In 10 games with Detroit so far this season, Mrazek has posted a 2-4-1 record with a 3.72 goals-against-average and a .888 save percentage.
The Buffalo Sabres are also taking calls on their two goalies, Chad Johnson and Robin Lehner, though it’s unclear if the Oilers have approached them about either netminder.