Hill is 25 years old and posted a .913 save percentage in 19 games with the Coyotes this season. He’s played a total of 49 NHL games with Arizona over the last four years and is currently a restricted free agent.
Korenar is two years younger than Hill and drew into NHL action for the first time at the end of this past season. In 10 games with the Sharks, Korenar posted an .899 save percentage.
The Sharks will now almost certainly use their goaltender protection spot for the expansion draft on Hill.
I’ll do a longer breakdown on this trade soon, but for some initial thoughts, I’m not sure how to feel about this deal. Hill had a good season but is still relatively unproven at the NHL level. He’s fairly young and certainly has potential but I don’t love that the Sharks gave up a second-round pick for him, especially without having a surplus of picks in the bank. Plus, San Jose will still need to shell out some money to sign him to an extension.
This deal should help to improve the Sharks’ situation in net but we’re going to have to wait and see how things play out. There's certainly a chance this move works out great for San Jose and Hill is able to take over the starting role, but there's also the chance that he isn't a legitimate solution for the Sharks.
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