The San Jose Sharks have re-signed goalie Kaapo Kahkonen to a two-year, $5.5 million deal, making him their highest-paid goalie for this upcoming season.
Per a supply, Kahkonen will earn $2.6 million this upcoming 12 months and $2.9 million in 2023-24, giving the deal a median annual worth of $2.75 million.
The Sharks now have three NHL goalies underneath contract for subsequent season, as James Reimer and Adin Hill have cap hits of $2.25 million and $2.175 million, respectively, for 2022-23.
Kahkonen was acquired by the Sharks from the Minnesota Wild for defenseman Jake Middleton on the commerce deadline in March. Kahkonen appeared in 11 video games for San Jose and had a 2-6-1 document, a 2.86 targets towards common, and a .916 save share.
For the season, Kahkonen, 25, went 14-14-4 and had a 2.87 goals-against common and a .912 save share in 36 video games.
“Kaapo has proven potential to be a primary goaltender within the NHL, and impressed us when he joined our workforce within the final a part of the season,” Sharks normal supervisor Mike Grier stated in a press release. “We’re excited to have him with us.”
Grier has stated that he’s snug conserving three goalies for the beginning of subsequent season. With skilled goalies in demand all through the NHL, Grier might leverage considered one of his netminders, most probably Reimer or Hill, for assist elsewhere on the roster or future property.
“All the pieces is on the desk as regards to that,” Grier stated July 8. “However if you happen to seemed across the league in the course of the playoffs and the common season, you want goaltending. Having three isn’t the worst factor on the planet.
“If one thing comes up the place we will use (the depth) to make ourselves higher, we’ll. We’ll see the way it goes, however we have now three goaltenders that we like and I believe that’s a very good factor.”
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