The Mercury News

San Jose agrees to two-year deal with new goalie Adin Hill

- By Curtis Pashelka cpashelka@ bayareanew­

SAN JOSE >> The Sharks got a big piece of their offseason business done Wednesday, coming to terms with goalie Adin Hill on a new two-year contract and avoiding salary arbitratio­n.

Hill’s contract carries an average annual value of $2.175 million, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. Hill was a restricted free agent with arbitratio­n rights and had filed for salary arbitratio­n on Sunday.

“We’re pleased to get Adin under contract solidifyin­g our goaltendin­g position for the coming season,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement.

The Sharks acquired Hill, 25, and a 2022 seventh-round pick from the Coyotes last month for goalie Josef Korenar and a 2022 second-round pick.

Last season, Hill, who is listed at 6-foot-6 and 202 pounds, went 9-9-1 record with a .913 save percentage. In 49 career NHL games, all with the Coyotes,

Hill is 19-21-4 with a .909 save percentage and a 2.79 goals-against average.

Hill has never been a No. 1 goalie for a full NHL season, but the Sharks are bullish about his potential.

“Just a guy that’s in that right age group, that is up and coming. He’s going to be able to take this opportunit­y I think and run with it,” Sharks coach Bob Boughner said last week of Hill. “He big, he’s quick, athletic, all the things that you want in a goaltender.”

With the deal, the Sharks now have their goalie tandem under contract for the next two seasons.

The Sharks signed James Reimer to a two-year, $4.5 million contract on July 28, the first day of NHL free agency. The day before, the Sharks bought out the final three years of Martin Jones’ contract. Jones then signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Flyers.

“It’s going to be a competitio­n every night for everybody in any position,” Boughner said. “Both (Hill and Reimer) are going to see plenty of ice and have great opportunit­ies.”

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