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Kraken make splash to start free agency by signing Grubauer

The NHL expansion Seattle Kraken used their significant space under the salary cap to make the biggest splash to start free agency by signing goalie Philipp Grubauer
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FILE - Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) watches the puck in the first period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Denver, in this Tuesday, June 8, 2021, file photo. Several goaltenders were on the move in NHL free agency Wednesday, July 28, 2021. Vezina Trophy finalist Philipp Grubauer left Colorado for the expansion Seattle Kraken. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

SEATTLE (AP) — Philipp Grubauer is going from anchoring a Presidents Trophy-winning roster to the unknowns of playing for an expansion franchise. 

The Seattle Kraken had plenty of money to throw at Grubauer to make it happen. 

The Kraken made a trio of signings on the first day of NHL free agency but there was no bigger splash than agreeing to terms with Grubauer on a six-year, $35.4 million contract. 

The 29-year-old Grubauer was 30-9-1 last season with the Colorado Avalanche with a 1.95 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. 

The Kraken also announced they've traded goalie Vitek Vanecek to the Washington Capitals for a second round pick in 2023.  Seattle picked Vanecek off Washington's roster during the Expansion Draft.

Seattle also bolstered its forward lines by signing Jaden Schwartz and Alexander Wennberg.  Schwartz's deal is 5-years, $5.5 million per season.  Wennberg gets 3-years for $13.5 million.