Kraken goalie Chris Driedger on NHL Waivers

Via nhl.com

On Thursday, one of the original Seattle Kraken goaltenders, Chris Driedger, was placed on the NHL waiver wire.

Seattle selected Driedger from the Florida Panthers in the 2021 expansion draft. After a breakout season with Florida in 2020/21, registering a 2.07 GAA and a .927 save percentage in 23 games with a 14-6-3 record with the Panthers. Drafted by the Ottawa Senators in 2012, a third-round pick (76th overall), he signed with Florida in 2019/20.

There was talk about Driedger becoming a potential starter in the league. The Kraken gave him a three-year, $10.5 million contract ($3.5 million AAV) on July 26, 2021, only to sign Philipp Grubauer as their starter days later to a six-year, $35.4 million contract ($5.9 million AAV).

Driedger has yet to play this season after a disappointing first season with Seattle because of an ACL tear he sustained during the gold medal game of the 2022 World Championships as a member of Team Canada.

In 27 appearances in 2021/22, he had a 9-14-1 record, 2.96 GAA, and a .899 SV%.

The Winnipeg, Manitoba native rebounded at the World Championships before his injury. He had a .915 SV % and 1.76 GAA in six starts for Team Canada.

Driedger, 28, has one remaining after this season on his contract with a 10-team no-trade clause. With Martin Jones and Philipp Grubauer as Seattle’s top two options in net, Driedger was the odd man out once all three were healthy. The Kraken will gain $1.125 million in cap space should Driedger clear waivers and be sent to Seattle’s AHL affiliate Coachella Valley Firebirds.

Being placed on waivers is a positive sign he is healthy and ready to return to game action. Should another NHL team claim Driedger at noon mountain time on Friday, the Kraken would free up $3.5 million in cap space before the #NHLTradeDeadline on March 3.

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