Kraken's Driedger out 7-9 months after injuring knee at World Championship

Chris Driedger during IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship semifinal action. (CP Photo)

Seattle Kraken goalie Chris Driedger is expected to be out for seven to nine months after suffering a torn ACL while playing for Canada in the gold-medal game at the World Championship last month.

Driedger was hurt in the overtime loss to Finland and had surgery on Monday, the Kraken said.

Driedger was 9-14-1 with a 2.96 goals-against average and .899 save percentage for the Kraken this past season.

The 28-year-old Winnipeg native had a 1.76 GAA and .915 save percentage in six games at the World Hockey Championship in Finland.

The Kraken have two other goaltenders under contract for next season — top netminder Philipp Grubauer and Joey Daccord.

An Ottawa Senators draft pick in 2012 (76th overall), Driedger signed with an AHL contract with Springfield in 2018 before catching on with their NHL affiliate Florida Panthers.

The Kraken took Driedger in the expansion draft prior to this past season.

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