NHL Rumors: Kraken Could Add Another Goaltender At Deadline

The Seattle Kraken have been a very good offensive team this season and it has made up for the lack of strong play in the defensive end and goaltending. The team could add a goaltender to create more depth at the position by the deadline, per Geoff Baker.

The Kraken have Martin Jones and Philipp Grubauer as the tandem and neither has played very well this season. Jones has had him moments and has gotten a lot of wins despite a poor save percentage (SV%) of .895. Of the 31 games he's started, Jones has 17 quality starts and nine really bad starts. His goals saved above average (GSAA) is -8.9.

Grubauer spent some time on the injured reserve and has only started 15 games. His starts are worse than Jones' and he has been pushed into a backup role this season. Grubauer has a 4-8-2 record with a 3.18 goals against average (GAA) and .893 SV%. He has had nine quality starts and four really bad starts with a GSAA 0f -5.1.

If the Kraken are going to go anywhere if they reach the postseason, they are going to need someone who is more consistent and can make stops. Jones does have three shutouts on the season and is a cheap option to keep around, but Grubauer hasn't been good at all since signing with the Kraken and has a cap hit of $5.9 million AAV for four more seasons.

There are some goaltenders that will be available at the deadline including Antti Raanta, Joonas Korpisalo, James Reimer, Karel Vejmelka, Adin Hill, Cam Talbot, and Mackenzie Blackwood, all for fairly cheap cap-wise. It is going to be very difficult for the Kraken to move Grubauer's contract and a buyout will also be expensive with four years remaining.

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