Report: Kaapo Kähkönen shipped to the San Jose Sharks for Jacob Middleton (updated)

The goalkeeper roster continues to shift for the Minnesota Wild.

With former Chicago Blackhawks goalkeeper – reigning Vezina winner – Marc-André Fleury heading in, the Wild had an overcrowded crease that needed to be tackled. Instead of taking care of 34-year-old struggling netminder Cam Talbot, it sounds like it’s the former Finnish goalkeeper of the future on his way out.

We are still waiting for details and will update as more information becomes available.

Updating: Kaapo Kähkönen and a fifth round pick are on their way to the San Jose Sharks for defender Jacob Middleton.

At 26, Middleton averages around 19 minutes a night, contributing three goals and six assists in 45 GP for a mediocre and aging Sharks squad. Usually paired with Erik Karlsson, Middleton will be familiar with the aggressive, offensive pressure the Wild defenders play. While his advanced stats aren’t dazzling, the Wild’s Mustache/60 at the very least just went through the roof.

Jacob Middleton Player Card for 2021-22 Season
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Kähkönen has a .910 Sv% and a 2.87 GAA in 23 starts this season, but like his partner, Talbot, he has struggled in recent months. The inconsistent goalkeeping has contributed to the Wild being 9-10-1 since Feb. 1, dropping to third place in the Central Division.

Goaltending was the number one priority for GM Bill Guerin, and he’s addressed it. Some huge changes have already been made for the men behind the mask, and the sending of the 2019-20 AHL Goalkeeper of the Year is part of that process.

UPDATE, again:

It’s now official.

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