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Darcy Kuemper | Goalie

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/5/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 207
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Darcy Kuemper set Minnesota's franchise record for longest shutout streak to begin a season with 163:46, beating Niklas Backstrom's 157:44 set in 2011.
Seven full periods plus nearly a quarter additional period of shutout goalkeepering is a fine away to begin one's season, and perhaps cement the idea that Kuemper is the real deal. Only Andrew Cogliano off a shorthanded rush and Corey Perry off a fortuitous bounce in his favor have managed to beat Kuemper through the young season, unfortunately for him, that was enough for his first loss as well. Oct 18 - 1:04 AM

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Darcy Kuemper got the second star of the week.

At the age of 24, Kuemper became the youngest goaltender to post back-to-back shutouts last week. With Josh Harding out for months, Kuemper has a golden opportunity to firmly establish himself as Minnesota's number one goaltender.
Source: NHL.com
Oct 13 - 12:33 PM

Darcy Kuemper became the youngest goalie in NHL history to post back-to-back shutouts to open a season.

The 24-year-old keeper turned aside all 46 shots he faced in two games versus the Colorado Avalanche. Kuemper is proving that starting him over Niklas Backstrom was the right decision and fantasy owners should be thrilled with his play so far. His ability to stay consistent will determine if he'll be the starter for the majority of Minnesota's games this season, but the injury woes of Backstrom and Josh Harding should give him a leg up on the role as well.
Oct 13 - 10:22 AM

Darcy Kuemper notched another shutout, this one on 30 saves, in the Wild’s 3-0 win over the Avalanche on Saturday night.

He was certainly tested a bit more than the first shutout against the Avalanche. Kuemper is now a perfect 46 for 46 this season, with two shutouts, rewarding those who took a chance on him in fantasy drafts. A few more nights like this and this will be Kuemper's job to lose. Minnesota next plays the Ducks on Friday, and Kuemper should be in all lineups. The Wild should be a very good team this season.
Oct 12 - 12:53 AM

Darcy Kuemper will play between the pipes on Saturday against Colorado.

Kuemper earned a 16-save shutout in the Wild's season opener against the Avalanche. Colorado didn't do much in the first game of this home-and-away series, but Kuemper is likely to face more adversity this time around.
Oct 10 - 3:38 PM

Darcy Kuemper coasted to a 16 save shutout on Thursday night as Minnesota rolled over Colorado 5-0 in the opener for both teams.

Kuemper's third shutout of his young career was probably one of his easiest as well. The Avs had no punch and were unable to yield Minnesota's high speed attack, let alone muster any offensive pressure of their own. Kuemper earned the clean sheet however, and will need more night's like this to keep ahold of the Wild starting job.
Oct 10 - 2:00 AM

Darcy Kuemper will play between the pipes in Minnesota's season opener.

Kuemper has gone from the goaltender the Wild seemed reluctant to give a one-way contract to, to the team's number one goaltender in the span of a couple weeks. Of course, that was partially due to circumstances out of his control as Josh Harding unfortunately has a fractured foot, but Kuemper still had to beat out veteran Niklas Backstrom.
Oct 8 - 1:23 PM

It makes sense for the Wild to give Darcy Kuemper the starting job for the start of the year.

He has played with confidence going into the 2014-15 campaign and performed well for Minnesota last year. Kuemper was solid as the club's starter when Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom were injured and he was strong in the playoffs as well. Harding is sidelined again and Backstrom's injury woes indicate he isn't suited to see the bulk of the starts, so handing the crease to Kuemper appears to be a good idea. The 24-year-old keeper wants to be the starting goalie and if he falters then Backstrom will get his chance. It should be noted that coach Mike Yeo declined to answer who would start in the team's season opener on Thursday.
Oct 7 - 11:01 AM

Darcy Kuemper feels he can take on a bigger role this season with Minnesota if he gets the chance.

"Obviously you always want to be a go-to guy," he said. "I've been that guy at every level getting to the NHL. If that's asked of me, I'm going to be super excited for it and do my best to try to take advantage of it and be out there to help my teammates." Niklas Backstrom played well in Monday's loss to Winnipeg and Ilya Bryzgalov is in the mix as well on a tryout. Kuemper will get his opportunity to see preseason action on Thursday versus Pittsburgh.
Sep 24 - 9:22 AM

Darcy Kuemper admitted he was a little rusty during the Minnesota Wilds’ first scrimmage on Saturday.

"The scrimmage was a little rusty," said Kuemper. "The longer I was out there in practice, I felt better. It’s just a matter of time before everything comes back." With Josh Harding (ankle) out for a few months, Kuemper and Niklas Backstrom will split time between the pipes in Minnesota this season.
Sep 21 - 10:57 AM

Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Minnesota at an average annual value of $1.25 million.

Kuemper posted a solid rookie season in 2013-14, going 12-8-4 with a .915 save percentage and 2.43 goals against average. Considering Thursday's news that Josh Harding will be sidelined for at least a month with a broken foot, Kuemper slots in as at least the backup goaltender out of the gate with the potential to win the starting job over Niklas Backstrom if the veteran can't get his career back on track.
Sep 18 - 9:34 PM

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher doesn't think Josh Harding's ankle injury will impact negotiations with Darcy Kuemper.

"The situation itself doesn't change he dynamic," he said. "You want to get it done because he's a good, young goalie, he's somebody we think has potential to be a good player, but anytime you get into a situation where you're missing camp, it's just not healthy. The goal is always to get a contract done. Whether Josh is healthy or not healthy doesn't really have any impact. You always want to get it done, but you've got to do what's right. We'll just keep working through it and hopefully get it done." Harding could be out for months with an ankle injury and with Kuemper's negotiations seemingly going nowhere, the Wild may look for a veteran goalie to join them at training camp.
Sep 17 - 4:16 PM

TSN's Bob McKenzie reports that there's "no thaw yet" in the standoff between Minnesota and goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

The Wild want to get the 24-year-old netminder under a two-way contract, but Kuemper is reportedly seeking a one-year, one-way deal at $850,000.
Sep 15 - 10:58 AM

Darcy Kuemper and the Minnesota Wild are "stuck" as far as the contract negotiations go, according to agent Jeff Helperl.

Kuemper is seeking a one-way deal for the 2014-15 campaign while the Wild are trying to get him to sign a two-year deal that's two-way for this season. It was recently reported that Kuemper might sign a KHL deal at this point and Helperl didn't rule it out. "Well, he's going to play somewhere, so it could happen," Helperl said. "We'll see when camp starts and see where we're at. … I last spoke to Chuck I think last week and I don't think we moved very far ahead."
Sep 9 - 8:55 AM

Bob McKenzie of TSN reports that the Wild want Darcy Kuemper to sign a two-way deal.

However, Kuemper is seeking a one-way contract after performing well last year during the regular season and the playoffs. Minnesota already has Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom in the fold for their crease, but both of them are injury risks. Kuemper acts as a good insurance policy for the team, but a two-way deal offers them more flexibility. McKenzie reports that Kuemper is looking at options in the KHL, with an out-clause in case something gets worked out to keep him in the NHL.
Sep 8 - 1:20 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Mikko Koivu
2Mikael Granlund
3Erik Haula
4Kyle Brodziak
5Ryan Carter
LW1Zach Parise
2Justin Fontaine
3Matt Cooke
4Jason Zucker
RW1Thomas Vanek
2Jason Pominville
3Charlie Coyle
4Nino Niederreiter
D1Ryan Suter
2Jonas Brodin
3Jared Spurgeon
4Marco Scandella
5Keith Ballard
6Mathew Dumba
7Nate Prosser
8Christian Folin
G1Darcy Kuemper
2Niklas Backstrom
3Josh Harding