According to Swiss reporter Nicola Berger, EV Zug has signed goaltender Brian Boucher and defenseman Andrew Hutchinson.



For Boucher, his NHL journeyman career ended on a disappointing note, posting a .891 save percentage and 2.50 GAA in four games playing for the Philadelphia Flyers in 2013. Boucher was sent down in March after the Flyers acquired goaltender Steve Mason, leaving no room for him with the big club anymore. This was Boucher’s fourth stint with the organization after getting acquired from Carolina prior to the start of the season.

Boucher was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, 22nd overall. He began play with the Flyers in the 1999–2000 season, taking the starting position from veteran John Vanbiesbrouck and helped the team secure the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division regular season titles while leading the NHL in goals against average at 1.91. In the playoffs, he backstopped his team to the Eastern Conference Finals. Along the way, he recorded several memorable moments, including a five-overtime victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins and a sprawling save against Patrik Elias of the New Jersey Devils. Although the Flyers were ahead 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Devils and despite the return of the injured Eric Lindros, Boucher and the Flyers lost in seven games to the eventual Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils. In 2000–01, however, a weak start saw him lose his starting position to Roman Čechmánek. In the 2010-2011 season, he returned to the Flyers, where he would split time in goal with standout rookie Sergei Bobrovsky after Leighton was demoted to the AHL. After game 2 of the conference quarterfinals against the Buffalo Sabres, Boucher was named the starter for the Flyers. After relieving Leighton in game 6 of the same series against Buffalo, Boucher became the only goaltender in NHL history to record two wins in a playoff series when coming in relief.

Hutchinson was drafted 54th overall by the Nashville Predators in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft from the CCHA’s, Michigan State University. After making his NHL debut with the Preadators in the 2003–04 season, Hutchinson was traded by the Predators to the Carolina Hurricanes for a 3rd round pick on July 25, 2005. Hutchinson won the Stanley Cup in 2006 playing with the Carolina Hurricanes appearing in 36 regular season games. On June 30, 2011, on the eve of North American free agency, Hutchinson signed his first European contract, signing a one-year deal with Barys Astana of the Kontinental Hockey League. In the 2011–12 season, Hutchinson became a fixture on the blueline of Astana, contributing with 15 points in 53 games. He was signed to a one year extension last season, putting up 14 points in 40 games to cap off his time in Russia.

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