The Arizona Coyotes have reached an agreement with one of their organizational goalies, signing Adin Hill to a one-year, one-way contract. The financial details were not released by the team, but Pierre Lebrun of The Athletic quickly reported the contract is worth $800K. Hill was scheduled to become a restricted free agent with arbitration rights, but will now kick the free agency can down the road a year.
Hill, 24, appeared to be the goalie of the future at one point for the Coyotes when they used the 76th overall pick in 2015 to select him out of the WHL. As the team moved to Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper, both All-Star options, Hill has been somewhat pushed onto the back burner, but he still represents an interesting option for the Coyotes.
In fact, with Raanta entering his final season under contract and Kuemper down to just two years left on his deal, there has been near-constant rumors swirling that the Coyotes will look to move one of them this offseason. That would save money for a team in turmoil, while also providing Hill with an opportunity to show what he can do at the NHL level once again.
Every time he’s been asked, he’s responded to this point. In 30 NHL appearances, Hill has a .907 save percentage but showed he had taken a step forward this season when he posted a .918 in 13 games while the team dealt with injuries to their regular starters. He played his best hockey at the minor league level as well, posting a 15-5 record in 20 games with the Tucson Roadrunners.
As with any goaltending signing these days, the upcoming expansion draft also may play a role. The Coyotes can only protect one goaltender from selection in the 2021 Seattle Kraken draft, but also need to leave at least one that is signed through 2021-22 unprotected. Kuemper is the only goaltender who currently fills that requirement, while Hill may be the better option to protect anyway if they believe he can be a long-term option in the NHL.
At $800K, he certainly represents an inexpensive option if they do move one of their two other goaltenders this offseason.