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Devils Ink Kinkaid To 2-Year Extension

Devils Ink Kinkaid To 2-Year Extension

The New Jersey Devils have signed backup goaltender Keith Kinkaid to a two-year contract extension worth $2.5M. The 27-year-old actually outperformed Cory Schneider during stretches of last season, finishing the year with a career-high .916 save percentage.

He was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.

It’s a relatively cheap deal for a bonafide NHL backup goaltender, giving the team some good insurance behind Schneider. It’s a very good deal if you compare it to the 3-year, $7.2M deal the Ottawa Senators just handed to Mike Condon.

Now, the markets for each goaltender are what dictate the value. Regardless of similarities in styles and statistics, the market for Condon seemed to be much hotter than Kinkaid. The Senators are also a team that values continuity. Signing Condon to an objectively worse deal was more appealing to them than having to start from scratch with a different netminder.

There looks to be more than a handful of goaltenders switching teams over the next few days, with Elliotte Friedman reporting that Vancouver has the inside track on Anders Nilsson, Winnipeg has their sights set on Steve Mason, Philadelphia is wanting Brian Elliott, Pittsburgh is eyeing Antti Niemi for their backup spot, and Chad Johnson could return to Buffalo.

Kinkaid and Condon, however, will not be going anywhere.

About The Author

Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer for InGoal Magazine, broadcaster for Sportsnet 650, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario with the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks on the radio and work with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade.