This one could be fun. The Seattle Kraken tried to use a great goaltending duo to compete in its first year in the league. They selected upcoming UFA Chris Driedger from the Florida Panthers and immediately gave him a contract. Then in free agency, they spent big bucks on Philipp Grubauer. Driedger suffered a serious knee injury that cost him all of last season, outside of a run in the AHL.
The Devils could come in and spend basically nothing to take a chance on Driedger. He is still under 30 years old, he was great with the Florida Panthers, and there’s a good chance that a year removed from knee surgery leads to his best season yet. Can the Devils find lightning in a bottle with Dreidger?
The issue with this is this would be the only goalie move the Devils can make. He’s making $3.5 million against the salary cap. The Devils couldn’t afford Hellebuyck or Gibson, even with cap gymnastics and midseason trades. Driedger would be their move. Is that enough?
It probably isn’t. Maybe if the Kraken hold half of Driedger’s salary, it could make more sense for the Devils. $1.75 million is a fair price for a good backup. It is a risk, but it might be one worth taking.