June 27, 2019 | 10:00pm ET
MAPLE LEAFS, KINGS PURSUING HUTTON
Ben Hutton, defenceman
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Los Angeles Kings are two of several teams interested in pending unrestricted free agent defenceman Ben Hutton, TFP has learned.
Hutton, 26, became eligible for unrestricted free agent status after the Vancouver Canucks failed to extend him a qualifying offer.
The Canucks, however, are still in the mix and have expressed their desire to re-sign Hutton, who made $2.8 million this season.
While Hutton is a left-handed defenceman, and the Maple Leafs are primarily in the market for a right-shooting blueliner, Leafs defenceman Travis Dermott is out six months after undergoing shoulder surgery and may not be back in the lineup until November. Dermott also plays the right side, despite being a left-handed shot.
The Kings are lacking on the left side, with Derek Forbort being the only left-handed blueliner they currently have with NHL experience.
Kings not totally on sideline in pending free agent market.— Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) June 28, 2019
Hearing LA among teams who have inquired on D Ben Hutton.
A number of other teams in the market for a left-handed defenceman, including the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings, though it’s unclear if these particular teams have reached out to Hutton’s agent.
In 69 games with the Canucks this season, Hutton registered five goals and 15 assists for 20 points.