After Allowing Antti Raanta to walk in free agency and trading Darcy Kuemper to the Colorado avalanche, the Arizona Coyotes will have a challenging season in goal. Carter Hutton and Josef Korenar are who the Coyotes have right now.
Carter Hutton, a 35-year-old who has a stellar track record as a backup goalie, especially with the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators. Most recently with the Buffalo Sabres, who haven’t had a winning record in almost a decade. By the time his time in Buffalo finished, Linus Ullmark took over in net for the majority of games and Hutton wasn’t receiving the same approval from fans when he initially came to play for the Sabres.
Acquired in the Adin Hill Trade, Josef Korenar got his first NHL action when he played 10 games for the Sharks after the Devan Dubnyk trade. Before his call up, Korenar posted 6 shutouts, won 35 games and had a playoff appearance in two seasons with the San Jose Barracuda.
Along with Korenar and Hutton, the Coyotes have Ivan Prosvetov coming up the pipeline. The Russian made his pro debut in 2019 and his NHL debut towards the end of the 2020-2021 season. Due to experience and risk of waivers, Hutton is pretty much guaranteed to make the main roster at the end of training camp, but that second spot could be a little bit of a battle but most likely will be given to Korenar as he has far more professional experience than Prosvetov.
In terms of goaltending, Arizona is by no means the deepest. There is rising talent but there is no guarantee that whoever they currently have will be able to steal many games or lead them on a run. No disrespect to Carter Hutton, but the loss of Kuemper and Raanta on top of that will be costly in the standings.