Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Devils today re-signed goaltender Keith Kinkaid to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $1,250,000. The salary breakdown is as follows: 2017-18: $1,200,000 & 2018-19: $1,300,000. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
Kinkaid, who will be 28 on July 4, completed his sixth season with the Devils' organization and set new career-highs with 26 games played, 23 games started, and 713 saves. He finished the campaign with a record of 8-13-3 with one shutout, a 2.64 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage. He had a 35-save shutout on April 4 vs. Philadelphia, which was the most saves he has made in any of his three career NHL shutouts. His eight wins in 2016-17 was the second-most in his career (9; 2015-16). Kinkaid also notched the first point of his career this season, tallying an assist on Taylor Hall's power play goal on Feb. 19 against the NY Islanders at Barclays Center. He made a career-high 46 saves, plus stopped two of three shootout attempts, in a 4-3 SO loss at Pittsburgh. The left-catching goaltender also denied Penguins forward Phil Kessel in his first career NHL penalty shot against on March 17 at PPG Paints Arena. In 2016-17, Kinkaid stopped five of six (83.3%) shootout attempts.
The 6-3, 195lb., netminder has spent all six seasons of his professional career, 2011-17, with the Devils' organization. In three-plus seasons with New Jersey, he has 23 wins and three shutouts in 69 games played. The Farmingville, NY, native also represented the United States at the 2016 IIHF World Championship in Moscow and St. Petersburg, helping the squad to a fourth-place finish. Kinkaid played three-plus seasons with Albany (AHL) from 2011-2014, posting 69 wins and 10 shutouts in 143 regular season games. Before his professional career, he attended Union College (ECAC) where he won collegiate awards including the 2011 ECAC Goaltender of the Year. He signed with New Jersey as a free agent on April 18, 2011