Kevin Kurtz who covers the San Jose Sharks for @theAthleticNHL tweeted that the San Jose Sharks are finalizing a two-year deal with goalie Adin Hill. Financial details per Elliotte Friedman state Hill’s AAV will be $2.175 million. Hill, 25 was recently traded from the Arizona Coyotes to the Sharks. Hill was acquired by San Jose on July 17th along with a 2022 seventh-round selection from the Coyotes in exchange for goaltender Josef Korenar and San Jose’s 2022 second-round selection.
$2.175M AAV https://t.co/HAftZ5bHSL
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 5, 2021
General manager Doug Wilson confirmed that the Sharks have indeed signed Hill, but contract terms were not disclosed. “We’re pleased to get Adin under contract solidifying our goaltending position for the coming season,” said Wilson.
San Jose Sharks Avoid Arbitration, Sign Adin Hill to Two-Year Deal
Hill accumulated a 9-9-1 record with a .913 save percentage to go along with a 2.74 goals-against-average last season with Arizona. He also added two shutouts to his resume. His NHL career stats show a 19-21-1 record with a .909 save percentage and a 2.79 goals-against-average. While in the AHL, Hill played for both the Springfield Falcons and Tucson Roadrunners. He tallied a 67-50-16 record with 10 shutouts. His save percentage was .909, and his goals-against-average was 2.69.
James Reimer who was signed by the San Jose club on July 28th as a free agent will more than likely get the starting assignment in net. Hill has been a skilled backup, and may attempt to compete with Reimer for the starting role. Both goalies are signed for two years at this point.
What This Means Going Forward
Since the Sharks traded away Martin Jones to the Philadelphia Flyers and Korenar to Arizona, they needed to acquire two goaltenders. This offseason has been a whirlwind of goalies switching teams. The Sharks hope to have their tandem of Reimer and Hill in there to protect the net going forward. Getting Hill signed has assured them that the goaltending position has been resolved.