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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 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

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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

Darcy Kuemper is still unsigned, but he remains in Minnesota's plan going into the season.

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is expecting Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom to be healthy going into training camp, but the team wants to have Kuemper around as an insurance policy. "Darcy [Kuemper] also showed some glimpses of what we hope he'll become, so we're comfortable with those three goaltenders," Fletcher said. "People always ask if I'm worried about it, and I'm not worried about it. You never know what's going to happen. Injuries can happen to anybody and certainly you can't predict things, but guys are healthy and typically when Backstrom and Harding are healthy, they play well." There haven't been any recent contract discussions between Kuemper and the Wild, but Fletcher plans to get in touch with him in the near future.
Aug 15 - 6:15 PM

The Minnesota Wild and restricted free agent Darcy Kuemper haven't talked much since July 5.

Kuemper didn't file for salary arbitration, which leaves the door open to him signing an offer sheet or holding out into training camp. "Darcy has great potential and played very well in stretches for us [last] season, but at the end of the day I think he's played around 30 games in the NHL," Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said. "Usually this isn't the time to fight for the big contract. We feel Darcy right now is trying to establish himself in the league, and once he does that it'll be a little simpler to come up with terms." It's worth noting that the Wild already have Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding under contract. They obviously want to sign Kuemper too, but as long as at least one of Backstrom and Harding are healthy, the Wild can afford to wait Kuemper out, even if this drags into the regular season.
Jul 31 - 10:03 AM

Darcy Kuemper chose not to file for salary arbitration.

Kuemper is coming off of his entry-level contract. He had a 2.43 GAA and .915 save percentage in 26 games with the Wild in 2013-14. He'll probably end up with a one-way deal.
Jul 6 - 9:30 AM

Darcy Kuemper will dress in Game 6 as Minnesota's backup goaltender.

He suffered an upper-body injury in Game 7 against Colorado during the first round of the playoffs and he hasn't played since. Ilya Bryzgalov will start in Game 6 versus Chicago on Tuesday night.
May 13 - 1:50 PM

Darcy Kuemper (upper body) was on the ice with the Wild Tuesday morning.

Kuemper left Game 7 of the first round due to the injury. He isn't expected to return for Game 3 of Minnesota's series against Chicago.
Source: NHL.com
May 6 - 3:46 PM

There hasn't been a charge in Darcy Kuemper's status after he missed Game 1 of the second round with an upper-body injury.

"He's not ... here," said coach Mike Yeo on Saturday. Kuemper didn't accompany the Wild to Chicago for the start of the series and probably won't be available to play in Game 2 on Sunday either.
May 3 - 4:58 PM

Darcy Kuemper (upper body) didn't make the trip to Chicago with his teammates.

Kuemper was hurt during Game 7 of the Wild's first round series against Colorado. He obviously won't be available for Minnesota's second round opener and should also be considered doubtful for Game 2.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 2 - 3:48 PM

Darcy Kuemper may have hurt his head Wednesday night when he collided behind the net with Colorado's Matt Duchene during the second period.

When Kuemper fell, his head hit defenseman Ryan Suter, but he stayed in the game until late in the third. He missed the last seven games of regular season with a concussion and didn't start in Minnesota's first two playoff contests either. Ilya Bryzgalov finished Game 7 in relief and coach Mike Yeo didn't have an update on Kuemper's status after the contest. Consider him day-to-day for now with an undisclosed ailment.
May 1 - 12:26 PM

Darcy Kuemper stopped 17 of 21 shots in Minnesota's 5-4 overtime win over Colorado in Game 7 of their first round playoff series on Wednesday night.

Thirty-one seconds after Colorado scored their fourth goal, Kuemper had to leave the game with an undisclosed injury. Ilya Bryzgalov replaced Kuemper, but the Wild did not surrender a shot on goal over the final 8:13 of regulation. Bryzgalov's lone save came in overtime, when Paul Stastny's 25-foot wrist shot hit off his shoulder. Stay tuned for an update of Kuemper's injury.
May 1 - 3:15 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Mikko Koivu
2Mikael Granlund
3Erik Haula
4Kyle Brodziak
5Jordan Schroeder
LW1Zach Parise
2Matt Cooke
3Jason Zucker
RW1Thomas Vanek
2Jason Pominville
3Charlie Coyle
4Nino Niederreiter
5Stephane Veilleux
D1Ryan Suter
2Jonas Brodin
3Jared Spurgeon
4Marco Scandella
5Keith Ballard
6Nate Prosser
7Jonathon Blum
8Christian Folin
G1Niklas Backstrom
2Josh Harding
3Darcy Kuemper