The Arizona Coyotes have brought back their third-string goaltender as Adin Hill has agreed to accept his qualifying offer and will sign a one-year deal, according to The Athletic’s Craig Morgan. The Coyotes have announced the trade, reporting that it is a two-way contract. Since Hill made $675K last season, his qualifying offer is for five percent more, meaning Hill should make just under $709K. While his qualifying offer expired on July 15, the offer can be extended by the team.
Hill showed some flashes of potential last season after being recalled and pulled into active duty after Arizona saw both their goalies, Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper, injured in the middle of the season. Hill immediately took over, winning four straight games, which included one shutout and two one-goal performances. He continued to show impressive skills for six more games before teams began to figure things out. The 23-year-old finished with a 2.76 GAA and a .901 save percentage in 13 appearances before returning to Tucson in the AHL.
With Raanta and Kuemper expected back to tandem the net for the Coyotes, Hill is expected to work on his skills with the Roadrunners and is the likely callup if one of the injury-prone goalies gets hurt and if he can find some consistency, could eventually be a long-term option for the club, especially considering that Kuemper is in the final year of a two-year deal he signed back in 2018. Raanta is also only two years away from unrestricted free agency, so a good season by Hill could eventually vault him into the mix.