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Hill’s Cap Hit Will Probably Be Higher Than Expected



What will Adin Hill sign for? It might be more than you expect.

The San Jose Sharks acquired the 25-year-old RFA from the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, sending prospect Josef Korenar and a 2022 second-round pick for Hill and a 2022 seventh-round pick.

While Hill made just $800,000 last year — not to mention that he’s been an back-up for the first four seasons of his NHL career — he looks to be in line for a big bump in pay.

Historically, RFA back-ups who are tabbed to be starters or at least a 1A/1B goalie receive significant raises.

And while we don’t know Hill’s role for the San Jose Sharks yet, judging by the draft capital paid, it’s going to be a big one. You don’t trade second-round picks for No. 3 netminders or pure back-ups.

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So let’s assume that the San Jose Sharks see Hill as a likely starter/1A/1B goalie in 2021-22.

Per Puckpedia, here are all the post-pandemic goaltender signings who were restricted free agents with zero or minimal NHL starting experience when signed.

Adin Hill (25)490.907138$800,000?
Mackenzie Blackwood (24)700.91688$697,500$2,800,000 (3 yrs)
Linus Ullmark (27)930.911127$1,325,000$2,600,000 (1 yr)
Alexander Georgiev (24)770.91348$792,500$2,425,000 (2 yrs)
Tristan Jarry (25)620.914141$675,000$3,500,000 (3 yrs)
Ilya Sorokin (24)0N/A0$925,000$2,000,000 (1 yr)
Elvis Merzlikins (26)330.9232$874,125$4,000,000 (2 yrs)
Joonas Korpisalo (25)1270.90846$1,150,000$2,800,000 (2 yrs)

What’s one thing that may bring down Hill’s AAV?

At the time these RFA goalies signed their new contracts — except for Hill and KHL import Ilya Sorokin — they had all played at least 30-plus games in a single NHL season. In other words, they already had proven starter/1A/1B experience.

The most NHL games that Hill has played in a year? 2020-21’s 19.

Regardless, Hill looks to be in line for at least a $2 million dollar AAV, more if he signs a longer contract. Keep in mind too, Hill has arbitration rights — that’ll help his cause.

Hill’s camp can also turn to San Jose Sharks history for a very close-to-home comp.

In the summer of 2015, Doug Wilson sent a first-round pick to Boston for Martin Jones. Up to that point in Jones’s career, he had played just 34 NHL games over two seasons, albeit with an exemplary .923 Save %.

Wilson inked his starter-to-be to a three-year, $9 million dollar contract — or 4.2 percent of the-then $71.4 million salary cap. 4.2 percent of the current $81.5 million cap is a $3.42 million cap hit.

So much depends on the role that the San Jose Sharks envision for Hill. If they see him as a pure back-up goalie, I suspect he’ll be paid as such. But I doubt San Jose surrendered a second-round pick for a back-up — I guess Hill will be very pleased with his new contract.

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