On Monday, the Minnesota re-signed their restricted free agent backup goalie Darcy Kuemper to a one-year deal worth $1.55 million. With Kuemper’s signing, the Wild solidify their goaltending position.
Prior to Kuemper re-signing, the Wild had teams inquire about Kuemper but chose not to trade him.
“With our track record of injuries to our goaltenders, I’m a little hesitant to get aggressive in shopping him, is the best way to put it,” Fletcher told the Pioneer Press.
Even the Kuemper signing, the Wild still could make some additional moves at the goaltending position. According to Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher, there’s still a possibility that Kuemper could be traded, especially, with Devan Dubnyk as the Wilds starting goaltender. Dubnyk, who recently, signed a six-year contract is expected to take the majority of the starts for the Minnesota Wild. The Wild also signed former San Jose Sharks goalie Alex Stalock. Stalock will start the season with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League.
Last season, with Dubnyk taking the majority of the starts, Kuemper, appeared in 21 games and was 6-7-5, with a 2.43 goals-against average, .915 save percentage. In addition, Kuemper recorded two shutouts.
In four season with the Wild, Kuemper has played in 84 games and is 33-29-11 with a 2.47 goals-against average, .912 save percentage. Kuemper has also recorded seven shutouts. In nine Stanley Cup Playoff games, Kuemper is 3-1, with a 2.13 goals-against average, .911 save percentage.
With Kuemper’s signing, the Wild avoid going to arbitration.
Kuemper is set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Kuemper was selected in the sixth round (161st overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.