Golden Knights acquire goalie Adin Hill, expect Mark Stone to start season

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Jan 17, 2022; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose Sharks goaltender Adin Hill (33) warms up before the first period against the Los Angeles Kings at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The Vegas Golden Knights acquired goalie Adin Hill from the San Jose Sharks on Monday in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2024 Draft.

Less than a week after saying they were comfortable going with Laurent Brossoit and Logan Thompson to start the season, they’ve traded for a goalie.

“It’s just an example of how quickly things can change in our business,” GM Kelly McCrimmon said. “Sometimes you work on a trade for two months and it doesn’t happen. And sometimes it happens over the course of a couple of phone calls like it did in my conversations with San Jose GM Mike Grier.”

Golden Knights trade for Adin Hill

Hill, 26, posted a record of 10-11-1 with two shutouts last year for San Jose. His 2.66 GAA and .906 SV% were very respectable on a struggling Sharks team.

“This puts another really good goalie in our organization and into the mix,” McCrimmon explained. “It gives us a lot more comfort going into the year. I believe Adin has a lot of ability and has really good size.”

The 6-6′ netminder was selected in the third-round of the 2015 Draft by the Arizona Coyotes. His career stats over 74 appearances includes a 29-32-5 record with a GAA of 2.74, and a SV% of .908.

Mark Stone on track

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Apr 12, 2022; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vegas Golden Knights forward Mark Stone (61) skates during warm up prior to a game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Knights captain Mark Stone underwent a lumbar discectomy on his lower back in May. At that time, the team said they expected him for the start of the new season. Although there was a report that may not be the case, McCrimmon corrected the record.

“He’s trending to be ready for the start of the regular season,” he stated. “I spoke with Mark last week, he feels real good with how his back has been progressing and he’s been on the ice… everything is trending fine.”

Stone, 30, was hampered by injuries that limited him to just 37 games. He finished with nine goals and 21 assists while making four separate trips to the injured list.

“I felt OK,” Stone said May 3 in his final media session. “Definitely take positives from a negative season and that’s I’m going to have time to heal. It’s never easy rehabbing injuries during the season. You always want to try and rush yourself back, to get back in. I think I made a couple mistakes throughout this season trying to get back too quick.”

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It was a real difficult campaign for Stone, who looked like a shadow of himself. A 20+ goal scorer in each of last seven seasons, he did not appear comfortable on the ice most nights.

For his career, Stone has 179 goals and 297 assists in 541 games with the Ottawa Senators and Vegas.