Golden Knights Nearing Extension With Playoff Hero

He was a veritable afterthought heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Vegas Golden Knights. He went two straight months without seeing any action until he was forced into the net early in the team's second-round series against the Edmonton Oilers. 

That's when everything changed for goaltender Adin Hill. He went on to record an 11-4 record with a 2.17 GAA and a .932 save percentage in backstopping Vegas to its first Stanley Cup championship. Now Hill is reaping the spoils of that victory, as he's close to signing a big-money extension with the Golden Knights.

According to NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman, it's lined up to be a two-year extension worth about $4.9M AAV. Nothing has been made official as of Sunday night. 

In the regular season, the 27-year-old Hill was one of five goalies that saw time for Vegas, recording an impressive 16-7-1 record in 27 games, with a 2.45 GAA and .915 SV%. But he was "the man" when it counted, and now has a Stanley Cup ring and apparently an equally shiny new contract to go with it. 

The only issue going forward is what kind of a workload will Hill be able to take on as the anointed top dog in goal for the Knights? Those 27 games he played this past season were the most he's played in a regular season since entering the NHL in 2017. 

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