The Arizona Coyotes have added some goaltending depth, signing goaltender Jon Gillies to a one-year, two-way contract, the club announced this evening. The club did not immediately release the financial terms of the deal, however, CapFriendly reports the contract is worth $750K in the NHL and $150K at the minor league level, with $200K guaranteed (link).
Gillies, 28, actually got into 19 games this season for the New Jersey Devils and another one for the St. Louis Blues, easily the most action he’s seen at the NHL level in his career. Originally a third-round pick of the Calgary Flames from 2012, he has just 32 appearances overall at that level and has been mostly limited to AHL action.
That may not necessarily be the plan for 2022-23 though, as Gillies joins a goaltending group that is by no means settled. Karel Vejmelka will be getting the lion’s share of the work in the NHL but beyond that, it is anything but certain. Ivan Prosvetov is the real competition for the backup role, but at 23 without any real success in the minors yet, it’s hard to think the Coyotes would want him sitting for long stretches in the NHL. There’s also David Tendeck, but he barely has any experience above the ECHL.
In reality, Gillies may be the closest thing the team has to a backup goaltender at this point, though that could always change before the season starts.