Seattle Kraken Trade Deadline Plans Are A Bit Lackluster

As the Seattle Kraken have surprised everyone this season and are first in the Pacific division, the thought was that they would be making some big plays at the trade deadline. That doesn't seem to be the case as Chris Johnston reported that the Kraken plan to play it safe at the deadline. They won't deviate off their long-term vision or give up futures, but could make 1-2 depth moves.

This doesn't show very much confidence in a team that has done great work this season and given every reason to reward them for a playoff run. The Kraken do have the pieces to build around for the future and they do project to be a good team for years to come. But in the position they are this season, it may be a waste not to try to outdo other teams and try to win.

Areas that need improvement include goaltending and defence. Both Martin Jones and Philipp Grubauer have been wildly inconsistent and have sub-.900 save percentages. As for the defence, there are no stars and they lack depth. This is likely the area that general manager Ron Francis is going to address as well as a third goaltender. They don't have a ton of cap space to work with, but have an abundance of good forwards.

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