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SJHN Daily: Kähkönen Wants To Be No. 1

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Kaapo Kähkönen is ready to be No. 1.

After filing for arbitration with the San Jose Sharks, Kähkönen signed a two-year, $5.5 million dollar contract with the team before his arbitration hearing. The Finnish netminder is eyeing the top spot in San Jose, amidst a flurry of changes within the organization.

“During the short time I was there, everyone was pretty confident about me and I’m pretty confident about myself that I can be a number-one goalie,” he told local reporters on Monday, “that’s certainly my goal next year and moving forward.”

San Jose Sharks GM Mike Grier echoed the point in the team’s press release: “Kaapo has shown potential to be a number one goaltender in the NHL, and impressed us when he joined our team in the last part of the season.”

There are three starting-caliber NHL goaltenders in San Jose right now — Kahkonen, James Reimer, and Adin Hill — so Kähkönen knows that the competition for playing time might be fierce, even if Grier trades a goalie before training camp. But his confidence remains high that he can prove that he has what it takes to be the Sharks’ go-to guy.

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david barnard

yet all 3 are getting paid “backup money”.

Alaskan_ice

Given the opportunity and the time, I think KK can be a number one. I like his confidence. We could do better than most think. That’s my hope.

Go Sharks!!

BrianJ

I hope they keep Reimer, even though he is 34 years old, his goalie skills allowed the Sharks to stay close in games even though they lost the games, so the games were still worth watching on television until they were over.

I enjoy watching him play hockey.

david barnard

to move Hill at this point would prob require attaching an asset, so i’m more in favor of moving Reimer for something in return. Kahk’s obviously going to be the primary netminder after his extension.

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