The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired goaltender Keith Kinkaid from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a fifth round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Kinkaid, 29, has posted a 64-55-17 record with a 2.90 goals-against average (GAA), .906 save percentage (SV%) and seven shutouts in 151 career games with the Devils since making his NHL debut in 2012-13. This season, he has set a career high in shutouts and minutes played and tied his career high in games played and started with a 15-18-6 record, 3.36 GAA, .891 SV%, three shutouts and 2,302 minutes in 41 contests (38 starts).
"While we believe goaltending is a position of strength for our club with Sergei Bobrovsky and Joonas Korpisalo, we thought it was important to add depth to the position," said Kekalainen. "Keith Kinkaid is an experienced National Hockey League goaltender who will provide that depth as we move through the final month of the regular season and into the spring."
A native of Farmingville, New York, Kinkaid set career highs in games played/started wins and saves in 2016-17, finishing with a 26-10-3 record, 2.77 GAA, .913 SV%, one shutout, 1,108 saves and 2,298 minutes in 41 appearances (38 starts). In 2015-16, he recorded a career-high .916 SV% with an 8-13-3 record and 2.64 GAA.
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The 6-3, 195-pound netminder has played in 143 career American Hockey League outings, posting a 69-52-3 record with a 2.60 GAA, .908 SV% and 10 shutouts with the Albany Devils from 2011-15. Prior to signing an entry level contract with New Jersey on Apr. 11, 2011, Kinkaid spent two seasons at Union College where he was 37-18-6 with a 2.18 GAA and four shutouts in 63 games from 2009-11. He was named a 2010-11 AHCA First Team All-American and captured the ECAC Goaltender of the Year Award after posting a 25-10-3 record, 1.99 GAA, .920 SV% and three shutouts in 38 outings.
Internationally, Kinkaid has represented the United States at the 2016 and 2018 IIHF World Championships. He was named one of the Americans' top three players after leading the country to a bronze medal at the 2018 tournament and posting a 2.29 GAA and .912 SV% in nine games.
Kinkaid's career stats
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