Former Blue Hutton has nothing but respect for Binnington


Buffalo Sabres goalie Carter Hutton (40) and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel (81) collide during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Jeffrey T. Barnes

Jim Thomas

GLENDALE, Ariz. — For Arizona Coyotes goalie Carter Hutton, the start of the 2021-22 hockey season has been a personal reunion tour.

Although he didn’t play Saturday in Buffalo, he spent the previous three seasons with the Sabres before signing a one-year, $750,000 free agent deal with the Coyotes during the offseason.

On Monday at Gila River Arena, he did play against the Blues, for whom he toiled with distinction in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 campaigns.

“Yeah, I guess I bounced around enough,” Hutton said. “There’s not many games where I haven’t played a former team.”

Actually, it’s not quite that bad. Arizona is the fifth team over a 10-year NHL career for the 35-year-old Hutton.

“It’s always fun. A lot of good friends over there (with the Blues), especially some of the staff — some people you don’t get to see too often,” he said. “Those are pretty valuable relationships in this game. As you get older, you cherish those a lot.”

The Blues’ roster has undergone considerable change since Hutton last played for St. Louis in ’17-18.

“Yeah, not a lot of guys,” Hutton said. “Obviously, Robert Bortuzzo and I are pretty close. Both from Thunder Bay (Ontario),…

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