Seattle Kraken Sign Talented Goaltender To One-Year Deal

The Seattle Kraken have signed Ales Stezka, a 26-year-old goaltender, to a one-year, two-way contract worth $950,000.

Stezka was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in 2015, but he never played for the team.

During the 2021-2022 season, Stezka played for HC Vitkovice in the Czech Extraliga, where he posted a 25-14-0 record with a .925 save percentage, a 2.14 goals-against average, and five shutouts in 39 regular-season games.

He was also outstanding in the postseason, going 6-6-0 with a 1.24 GAA and a .960 save percentage.

Stezka's signing provides organizational depth to the Kraken's goaltending, and he could potentially compete for the backup role in training camp next fall.

With Martin Jones becoming a free agent, the Kraken currently only have Philipp Grubauer and Chris Driedger signed for next season.

Stezka's impressive performance in the Czech league and in international competition, where he represented his native Czechia at the IIHF U-20 World Junior Championship in 2016, makes him an intriguing prospect for the Kraken.

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