Wild, Kuemper agree on two-year deal

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with goaltender Darcy Kuemper on a two-year contract.

Kuemper, 24 (5/4/90), went 12-8-4 with a 2.43 goals-against average (GAA), a .915 save percentage (SV%) and two shutouts in 26 regular season games with Minnesota in 2013-14. He set franchise records for a rookie goaltender in wins, shutouts and consecutive starts with 16 (1/12/14-3/8/14). The 6-foot-5, 205-pound native Saskatoon, Sask., ranked second in starts, tied for third in shutouts, fourth in SV% and tied for fourth in wins and GAA amongst rookie goalies that appeared in at least 10 games last season. Kuemper was named the NHL Third Star of the Week on March 3 after going 3-0-0 with a .970 GAA, .960 SV% and a shutout in three starts. He went 3-1-1 with a 2.03 GAA, a .913 SV% and one shutout in six playoff contests for Minnesota. Kuemper stopped all 22 shots faced in a 1-0 overtime win in Game 3 against Colorado on April 21, 2014, the first playoff shutout in franchise history.

He posted a record of 7-10-0 with a 2.47 GAA, a .929 SV% and one shutout in 17 games with the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2013-14. Kuemper is 13-10-4 with a 2.37 GAA, a .915 SV% and two shutouts in 32 NHL matches with Minnesota. He was the Wild’s sixth-round selection (No. 161 overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

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