The Seattle Kraken signed unrestricted free agent and former Washington Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer to a six-year contract that carries a $5.9 million cap hit on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old went 30-9-1 with a .922 save percentage, a 1.95 goals-against average, and seven shutouts with the Colorado Avalanche last season, when he finished third in Vezina Trophy voting as the league’s top goaltender.
In 214 career NHL games with the Avalanche and Washington Capitals, Grubauer is 109-61-21, a .920 save percentage, a 2.34 goals-against average, and 18 shutouts.
Grubauer went 15-10-3 with a 2.35 goals against average, a .923 save percentage, and three shutouts to grab the starting goalie job in Washington in 2017-18. The 26-year old German netminder was arguably the NHL’s best goaltender from Thanksgiving to the end of the regular season, posting a save percentage of .937 and a goals-against-average of 1.93. Grubauer, who was drafted by the Capitals in the fourth round in 2010, went 15-5-2 in that span and won over the starting job from Braden Holtby after he went through a 1-5-2 stretch. He posted a 43-31-11 record in 101 career games with the Capitals with a 2.29 goals against average and a .923 save percentage.
The Capitals drafted Grubauer 112th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. He went 43-31-11 with a .923 save percentage, a 2.29 goals-against average, and six shutouts during his six-year tenure in Washington.
The best season of Grubauer’s career came in 2016-17 when he went 13-6-2 with a career-best .926 save percentage, a 2.04 goals-against average, and three shutouts with the Capitals.
The Capitals traded Grubauer, along with left-handed defenseman Brooks Orpik, to the Avalanche for a second-round pick on June 23, 2018, to make salary cap room to sign right-handed defenseman John Carlson.
After playing the first five periods of the Capitals’ Stanley Cup run in 2018, where he allowed eight goals on 49 shots (.837 save percentage), Grubauer was replaced by Holtby and never saw the net for the team again.
In 33 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, Grubauer is 19-10-1 with a .913 save percentage, a 2.50 goals-against average, and two shutouts. He went 6-4 with a .914 save percentage and a 2.61 goals against average in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Holtby signed a one-year contract worth $2 million with the Dallas Stars as an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday.
By Harrison Brown