The Arizona Coyotes are reported to have locked up another restricted free agent on Monday, inking 23-year-old minor league goalie Marek Langhamer to a one-year/two-way contract according to Arizona Sports’ Craig Morgan.
League source: Coyotes have signed G Marek Langhamer to 1-year, two-way deal : 2017-2018: $660K (NHL)/$67.5K (AHL)— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) July 24, 2017
Langhamer, a seventh round pick in the 2012 draft, made his NHL debut last season against the Ducks on February 20, when he came on in relief after a possibly-concussed Mike Smith was forced to leave the game. He made seven saves in the Coyotes 3-2 win, despite giving up a third-period goal to Ryan Getzlaf.
A native of the Czech Republic, Langhamer impressed with HC Pardubice’s U18 and U20 squads prior to being drafted. In 2012, he moved to North America to play for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League. Over three years with the Tigers, the 6-foot-2 netminder played 120 games, winning 68 of them, while finishing two seasons with save percentages over .900. He also holds the distinction of being one of the last European goalies to play in the WHL, thanks to a 2014 CHL draft ban on European netminders.
Langhamer turned pro before the 2015-16 season, and split time between the Coyotes’ then AHL affiliate in Springfield and then ECHL affiliate in Rapid City. With the Rush, Langhamer posted a minuscule 2.23 GAA and .935 save percentage in eight games.
Last year, Langhamer split time with fellow goaltending prospect Adin Hill in the AHL with the Tucson Roadrunners. In 25 games, the second-year pro went 8-11-0, with a 3.36 GAA and .902 save percentage, in addition to playing seven more games with Rapid City back down in the ECHL.
In terms of development, Langhamer is straggled behind current NHL backup Louis Domingue and Tucson teammate Hill, who posted a better GAA and save percentage than Langhamer with the Roadrunners last year. The franchise also acquired 28-year-old Antti Raanta from the Rangers this summer, creating a logjam of 20-something prospects ahead of Langhamer in the organization’s goaltending pecking order.
With Langhamer locked up, Anthony Duclair remains the team’s only unsigned RFA left to address this offseason.