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NHL Free Agency 2020: New York Rangers Sign Keith Kinkaid to Two-Year Deal

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The New York Rangers have signed veteran goaltender Keith Kinkaid to a two-year contract.

This move, more or less, gives the Rangers their goalie requirement for the Seattle Kraken expansion draft which will be held at the end of the 2020-21 season. It also is a replacement in the veteran goalie category for Hartford, previously held by J.F. Berube.

The Rangers have had previous interest in Kinkaid, they specifically wanted to sign him out of Union College, and now the Farmingville, NY native is finally part of the fold.

Last season saw Kinkaid spend 17 games in the AHL between the Laval Rocket and Charlotte Checkers. With Laval he went 3-7-3 with a .876 SV% and a 3.44 goals against average. In four games with the Checkers he went 2-1-1 with a .924 SV% and a 2.24 goals against average.

He also appeared in six games with the Habs, posting subpar numbers that include a -3.46 dFSV% at 5v5, along with a -6.13 goals saved above average, and a -9.3 goals saved above expected.

These numbers aren’t too important in the grand scheme of things, because they needed a goalie that could be exposed in the expansion draft. Kinkaid gives them that, and also a veteran voice to help out the tandem of Tyler Wall and Adam Huska.