Seattle Kraken Rumors: Goalie Not Expected Back Next Season

The Seattle Kraken made significant strides from year one to year two, but goaltending wasn't exactly one of them. Though Philipp Grubauer improved his numbers, they still weren't great overall. Seeing as there was injury trouble at the start of the season, the Kraken also brought in Martin Jones on a fairly cheap deal to fill a hole. He managed to win the starting job, even after Grubauer came back, for a good portion of the season before falling off.

The Kraken are stuck with Grubauer whether they like it or not. But what he has shown them is that he is either very good 61 percent of the time or very bad about 30 percent of the time. There wasn't much in between for him this season as he had a .611 quality start percentage (QS%) and 11 really bad starts. The QS% is very encouraging as he gave the Kraken many good starts and a chance to win the majority of his games.

Seeing as Grubauer is under contract for four more years at $5.9 million AAV, Joey Daccord is pushing for an NHL job, and Chris Driedger is looking to get back in the NHL, there isn't much space for Jones. He may have gone 27-13-3, but that's due to the consistent scoring ability of Seattle. Jones finished the season with worse numbers than Grubauer despite having more wins. He had a .886 SV%, .476 QS%, and a horrible -21.4 goals saved above average.

The Kraken will be able to find better options within or in free agency as they look for adequate support so they have to score four to five goals to win every night Grubauer is taking the night off. Jones will likely be able to find a backup role elsewhere as he still managed to give the team some good starts.

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