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1 hour ago, yave1964 said:

a bir of a shocker as Seattle seems very solid in net but they couldn't pass up the Vezina candidate. certainly a trade coming of a goalie today....




Damn I bet Driedger didn't see that coming.


10 million tied up in goaltending.


What is Francis doing?

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 ...posted this is the other thread


Philipp Grubauer signed a six-year, $35.5-million contract with the Seattle Kraken on Wednesday. It has an average annual value of $5.9 million.


Holy Hell ....Did not see this coming ......


For those who play FHL ....


The Kraken get: a Vezina Trophy contender last year. This, just one week after trotting out Chris Driedger live in front of their fans as their starting goalie. They have a team that is not going to make the playoffs, and they brought in a goalie who may win two or three more games… but not enough to put them over the top. They also get an injury-prone winger with a career high of 62 points. Schwartz is now 29 and coming off a 21-point year (40 games). He had 57 points the year prior. But in Seattle he will lead the offense along with Jordan Eberle, Jared McCann, Yanni Gourde, Calle Jarnkrok, Joonas Donskoi and Colin Blackwell.

Fantasy Players Impacted: The big one here is Grubauer. He went from a top-three fantasy netminder to a Tier 2 or even a Tier 3 own. Not only will the wins be fewer, but if the Kraken don't trade Driedger, then Grubauer will have to fight to play even 50 games.

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Kraken revise Grubauer's deal after CBA violation

The expansion Seattle Kraken have revised their contract with goaltender Philipp Grubauer after the initial deal was rejected by the NHL for violating the collective bargaining agreement, according to a person with knowledge of the move.

The Canadian Press

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The expansion Seattle Kraken have revised their contract with goaltender Philipp Grubauer after the initial deal was rejected by the NHL for violating the collective bargaining agreement, according to a person with knowledge of the move.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the team did not announce the change that involves $250,000 being moved from 2023-24 to 2022-23 to satisfy CBA requirements.

Grubauer will still count $5.9 million against the salary cap throughout the $35.4 million, six-year deal. Some money needed to be moved after rules were changed years ago to prevent teams from frontloading contracts. The NHL has a cap recapture formula to retroactively punish teams for those contracts, which could come into play for Nashville if Montreal defenseman Shea Weber — who’s expected to miss all next season with injury and may never play again, according to Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin — retires early.

Grubauer’s deal appears to be a minor miscalculation, unlike New Jersey’s initial contract with Ilya Kovalchuk 11 years ago that was rejected for attempted cap circumvention.

Grubauer's signing was the biggest splash made by the NHL’s newest franchise when he agreed to the contract last Wednesday as free agency opened. Landing Grubauer seemed unlikely given the success he had last season in Colorado, but the Kraken jumped at the opportunity to add one of the top goaltenders in the league.

Grubauer was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy for the first time last season, when the 29-year-old goalie went 30-9-1 with the Avalanche with a 1.95 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. He also led the league in shutouts with seven and didn’t lose consecutive games all season.

Grubauer and Chris Driedger make up Seattle’s primary goaltending duo, but between the pair the Kraken have committed 11.5% ($9.4 million) of this year’s salary cap to the goalie position. Seattle still has $16 million of cap space available.

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