While the Islanders added some defensive depth today when they claimed Mike Reilly off waivers from Florida, more reinforcements appear to be needed for their game tonight against Philadelphia as Newsday’s Andrew Gross relays (Twitter link) that Grant Hutton has been added to New York’s roster.
The 28-year-old last saw NHL action during the 2021-22 season when he got into 16 games at the top level. He didn’t dominate but held his own while averaging a little over 14 minutes of playing time, resulting in the Isles giving him a three-year deal that summer with two of those seasons being a one-way salary.
However, since then, Hutton has cleared waivers twice and has played exclusively with AHL Bridgeport until now. Last season, the blueliner had ten points in 39 games and is on a similar points pace this year with five points – all assists – in his first 16 appearances.
With Reilly only being claimed off waivers earlier this afternoon, there’s no guarantee that he will be available against the Flyers. Meanwhile, Sebastian Aho’s availability is also in question after leaving yesterday’s game early with an injury so Hutton will be available to suit up if those two aren’t able to play.
New York had a vacant roster spot following the placement of Matt Martin on injured reserve earlier today while the cap space was created earlier in the day when Adam Pelech was placed on LTIR. Accordingly, no further roster moves were necessary to add Hutton to the active roster.