The Arizona Coyotes announced today that they have recalled goaltender Darcy Kuemper. Kuemper had been with the Tucson Roadrunners for conditioning after returning from injuries.
The Coyotes first acquired Kuemper two seasons ago in exchange for Tobias Rieder and Scott Wedgewood. Last season when goaltender Antti Raanta was sidelined with injuries he stepped up and took the role of starter.
Kuemper looked extremely good this season before being sidelined with injuries. Before going down he played in 25 games where he posted a 15-8-2 record and a 2.17 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.
At one point it looked like Kuemper would be returning from injury closer to the NHL All-Star Break, only to be sidelined with further injuries. Kuemper would play one game with the Tucson Roadrunners, a game that they would lose 4-1. Kuemper would make 26 saves on 28 shots.
As the season’s end approaches Kuemper’s return could prove huge. While Raanta has stepped up his game lately with some stellar outings, the Coyotes need as much help in net as they can get. The team has struggled to generate consistent offense, but Kuemper may be able the games close.