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Former Wild goalie Kaapo Kahkonen re-signs with Sharks

San Jose brings back Kahkonen despite already having a pair of experienced goaltenders on its roster in James Reimer and Adin Hill.

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Goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen (34) made 10 starts for the San Jose Sharks after being traded away from the Minnesota Wild last season.
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The San Jose Sharks re-signed goalie Kaapo Kahkonen to a two-year contract on Monday.

The details of the deal were not released, but multiple media outlets reported the contract to have an average annual value of $2.75 million.

San Jose brings back Kahkonen despite already having a pair of experienced goaltenders on its roster in James Reimer and Adin Hill.

Kahkonen, 25, made 295 saves in 322 attempts (.916) and posted a 2.86 goals-against average in 11 games (10 starts) with the Sharks last season after being traded from the Minnesota Wild in March.

During his two-plus seasons with Minnesota, Kahkonen finished with a .907 save percentage and 2.88 GAA in 54 games (51 starts). He went 31-17-4 during that span.

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The Helsinki, Finland native was selected by the Wild in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL draft with the 109th overall pick.

Sekera announces retirement after 16 seasons

Unrestricted free agent defenseman Andrej Sekera has played his last game in the NHL.

Sekera, 36, recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in 32 games with the Dallas Stars last season.

He has totaled 253 points (51 goals, 202 assists) in 842 career games with the Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Carolina Hurricanes and Stars.

Quick wristers

  • Restricted free agent goaltender Vitek Vanecek signed a three-year, $10.2 million contract extension with the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. Per the team, Vanecek will receive $3.55 million in 2022-23, $3.75 million the following season and $2.9 million in 2024-25.
  • Longtime Chicago Blackhawks color commentator Eddie Olczyk has left his role with the team. After Olczyk's contract with the team expired, the veteran broadcaster and former Blackhawks player has chosen to join the Seattle Kraken in the same capacity.
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs re-signed forward Pierre Engvall to a one-year, $2.25 million contract. The 26-year-old set career bests of 15 goals and 35 points in 78 games with the Leafs last season.

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