Michael Hutchinson signed to two-year deal by Jets

Michael Hutchinson signed a two-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI Agency)

Michael Hutchinson signed a two-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI Agency)

Ken Wiebe, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:03 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Michael Hutchinson has been locked up for two seasons by the Winnipeg Jets.

Hutchinson, who had a storybook season that saw him spend time in the ECHL, the American Hockey League and the NHL and concluded with a run to the Calder Cup final, agreed to terms a two-year deal worth $1.15 million.

In the first season of the deal, it’s a two-way deal, which means his salary is lower in the NHL than it is in the AHL. But in the second year of the, it’s a one-way contract, which means Hutchinson gets paid whether the same whether he’s in the NHL or the minors.

Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said Tuesday that Hutchinson has earned the right to compete for the backup job but mentioned the possibility of competition.

Hutchinson, who was chosen in the third round (77th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft, was signed by the Jets as a free agent last summer.


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