San Jose Sharks acquire Adin Hill from Arizona Coyotes for Josef Kořenář
Hill, 25, has bounced between the Coyotes and their farm team, the Tucson Roadrunners, for the better part of four seasons, performing ably in call-up duty when injuries struck Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper. In 49 NHL appearances, Hill has a 19-21-4 record, a .909 save percentage, and a 2.04 goals against average. Last season may have been his best, in which he sported a 9-9-1 record on the strength of a .913 save percentage
Whether Hill has it in him to sustain or improve upon those numbers behind a worse defensive unit and with a more substantial workload remains to be seen. Even so, he's young, cost-controlled, and has flashed that kind of upside in spots. Most importantly, as colleague JFresh outlines, he's not Martin Jones or Devan Dubnyk.
For a team like the Sharks that finished 30th in team save percentage with a dreadful .896 mark last season, and owes to the worst team save percentage over the last three seasons combined, any change is good change, right?
This move also allows the Sharks to expose Jones in the expansion draft, though it's hard to imagine a scenario where the Seattle Kraken even consider taking on that project. By difficult, I mean nigh impossible.
The Coyotes, meanwhile, did well to secure a relatively high draft pick for a player who's yet to even establish himself in any capacity as an NHL calibre starting goaltender, particularly considering that they faced the prospect of losing him for nothing in the expansion draft. That's just tidy business. That they also got to snag organizational depth in the form of Kořenář is all the better, though I suspect his inclusion had more to do with making the books work than anything.
Kořenář, 23, has only played 10 NHL games, in which he's sported a 3-5-0 record with an .898 save percentage.