Happy early birthday, Keith Kinkaid! The New Jersey Devils have made their first “free” agency signing of the 2017 offseason, resigning goaltender and career-long Devil Keith Kinkaid to a two-year, $2.5 million contract. The 27-year old netminder, who turns 28 on Tuesday. In four seasons with New Jersey, Kinkaid has a 23-27-8 record with a 2.68 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. Last year, he played a career-high 26 games, serving as Cory Schneider’s backup goalie, and went 8-13-3 with a 2.64 GAA and a .916 save %.
Kinkaid will earn $1.2 million next season and $1.3 the following year. He likely doesn’t want to play anywhere other than Jersey but there’s the possibility of a mutual understanding between the two parties; Kinkaid understands that he will continue to play the backup role in New Jersey and that eventually, someone younger will come up and take his roster spot. That’s also the reason behind why he only signed on for two more years. I don’t think GM Ray Shero was going to give him more than just a few years. Down the road, Kinkaid could also decide that he wants to play for another team if he decides that he no longer wants to be the backup. But another long-term contract was out of the picture.
His two-year, $1.45 million contract expired at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season and was set to become an unrestricted free agent (officially on Saturday) but both sides reached an agreement before that happened.
Kinkaid scored his first career NHL point with an assist on Taylor Hall’s goal against the Islanders back in February and stopped his first penalty shot attempt faced (Pittsburgh’s Phil Kessel).
He’s been a solid backup in his years in New Jersey, first behind Martin Brodeur and now behind Cory Schneider. Devils fans have grown to love him over the past few seasons and he’s always a fan favorite at events. Glad to have you back, Keith!
Don’t forget to check out the Devils’ official release here!