Darcy Kuemper attracting commercial interest


New Arizona Coyotes GM Bill Armstrong has a lot of work to do in the coming weeks, especially if the payroll reduction reports are true. The Coyotes could be one of the teams hardest hit by the current NHL financial landscape, which means sweeping changes could happen to their roster this offseason.A player who is generating a lot of interest is the goalkeeper Darcy Kuemper, who Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said has been questioned by the Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks. Each of these teams have clear uncertainty for the 2020-2021 season, or at least could use a position upgrade.

Kuemper, 30, has two more years on his contract with the Coyotes and carries a $ 4.5 million cap, but has been one of the league’s most dominant goaltenders for the past few seasons. Since the start of 2017-18, Kuemper has posted a record 55-38-15 with 11 shutouts and a save percentage of .924 in 113 appearances. He finished fifth in the Vezina Trophy vote a year ago, but has only played 29 regular season games this year due to injury.

In a recent column by Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, James ReimerHis name is listed as a possible target for Arizona, given that nearly all of his salary has already been paid in the form of a signing bonus. Reimer only has $ 850,000 left to make this year, and LeBrun also notes that Kuemper is a target for Carolina. Reimer and Petr Mrazek split the duties in Carolina this season and all was well, a continuing theme for the Hurricanes’ goaltending situation over the past several years.

The Coyotes of course also Adin Hill Freshly inked to a new contract and ready to take on at least a backup role at the NHL level. They don’t necessarily need to bring back a goalie in any Kuemper deal, leaving the babysitting duties to Hill and Antti Raanta this season.

Kuemper isn’t the only Arizona player to be questioned, either. The Flames, Oilers and Boston Bruins all “checked in” on Oliver Ekman-Larsson according to Friedman, as the Colorado Avalanche asked about Niklas Hjalmarsson. If the team is serious about slashing payrolls, captain Ekman-Larsson would obviously be an easy target, given the seven years and $ 58 million remaining on his huge extension signed in 2018. The 29-year-old defenseman did however no – movement clause, complicating any potential trade.

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