The San Jose Sharks have traded a goalie.
San Jose Hockey Now has learned that the Sharks have traded Adin Hill to the Vegas Golden Knights for the Golden Knights’ 2024 fourth-round pick.
For the Sharks, this reduces their logjam in goal. Between Kaapo Kahkonen, James Reimer, and Hill, San Jose had three NHL-caliber netminders, each making about the same money.
25-year-old Kahkonen is signed for two more years with a $2.75 million dollar AAV, 34-year-old Reimer has another season with a $2.25 million AAV, and 26-year-old Hill has one more year with a $2.175 million AAV.
This paves the way for a Kahkonen-Reimer duo for the San Jose Sharks this year and will give GM Mike Grier some cap relief
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Also, the 2024 fourth-round pick makes up for the 2024 fourth-round pick that the Sharks sent to the Arizona Coyotes for Lane Pederson last off-season. San Jose traded a 2022 second-round pick to Arizona for Hill last off-season.
For Vegas, Hill adds another NHL-caliber netminder to their depleted goaltending corps.
Starter Robin Lehner is out for the season with a hip injury, and there’s no return date set for back-up Laurent Brossoit, who’s recovering from May hip surgery.
Hill should share time with Logan Thompson while the Golden Knights await Brossoit’s recovery.
Previously, a source had told SJHN that Vegas was going to start the season with Thompson and Michael Hutchinson between the pipes, but apparently, something changed between a couple weeks ago to today. Perhaps Brossoit’s recovery – there were hopes that he would be ready shortly after the beginning of the season – was delayed.
We’ll see how much Hill, who struggled at times last year, will help the San Jose Sharks’ divisional rivals. Hill had an inconsistent start last season, then dealt with a persistent lower-body injury that kept him to just one appearance in the last three months of the year. All indications now are that Hill is healthy.
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