Wild Sign Goaltender Darcy Kuemper
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have signed goalie Darcy Kuemper to a two-year contract.
The Wild finally secured Kuemper on Thursday, one day after starting goalie Josh Harding broke his right foot. The injury helped motivate the Wild to get a deal done with Kuemper, who went 12-8-4 with a 2.43 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage in 26 games last season.
The 24-year-old Kuemper was locked in negotiations with the Wild all summer, with the sides unable to come to agreement and training camp set to begin.
The Wild were already thin at goalie, with Harding missing much of last season while dealing with multiple sclerosis, and veteran Niklas Backstrom struggling with injuries.
The Wild also invited veteran goalie Ilya Bryzgalov for a camp tryout.
JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Sports Writer