Seattle Kraken's 2023 Trade Deadline Needs

The Seattle Kraken already kicked off their 2023 trade deadline early by acquiring Jaycob Megna from the San Jose Sharks. This move was to address their lack of defensive depth and to help keep more pucks out of their net.

Ron Francis may not be ready to make a huge splash at the deadline as the Kraken's success may be premature and not take them very far. The goaltending and weakness in the defensive zone is what has been the problem all season for Seattle. Their forwards and scoring from every line has carried the team, but there's only so far that can take them. This means at most, the Kraken will add a depth piece up front. They were rumoured to have shown interest in Bo Horvat, but that's now off the table.

A goaltender will be difficult to add unless the price is cheap to acquire and the cap hit is low. The Kraken aren't working with a ton of cap space this season, but between Martin Jones and Philipp Grubauer, the team save percentage is below .900. The Kraken are rumoured to be looking for goaltending depth, which means they may be planning on running with three goaltenders on the roster for the remainder of the season. If this is the case, they will have their eyes on a rental like Antti Raanta, James Reimer, or Joonas Korpisalo to help out.

The Kraken may be in a good spot to qualify for the playoffs, but may not have the best of chances in a seven-game series with the number of goals they allow.

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