Earlier Wednesday, the Colorado Avalanche learned that their 2020-21 starting goaltender Phillip Grubauer was signing with the Seattle Kraken. Needing a new starting goalie, the Avalanche acquired Darcy Kuemper in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes. In return, the Coyotes receive young defenceman Conor Timmins, a 2022 first-round pick, and a conditional 2024 third-round pick. Craig Morgan was first with the news. The Coyotes also retain $1 million of Kuemper’s cap hit.
Hearing the Coyotes are trading Darcy Kuemper to Colorado for a first-rounder pick and defenseman Conor Timmins.
— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) July 28, 2021
Darcy Kuemper Traded to the Colorado Avalanche
In Kuemper, the Avalanche get their new starting goalie. Kuemper, 31, is signed through the end of the 2021-22 season with a $4.5 million cap hit. He was 10-11-3 in 27 games last season. He put up a 2.56 goals-against-average and .907 save percentage. Kuemper also backstopped Team Canada to a gold medal at the IIHF World Championships. He went 5-2-1 with a 2.17 goals-against-average and .916 save percentage. Over his 10-year NHL Career, Kuemper has a 106-83-32 record in 242 career games played. His goals-against-average is 2.47 and his save percentage is .917.
Kuemper has played for the Minnesota Wild and Arizona Coyotes. He was originally drafted by Minnesota in the sixth round, 161st overall of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Wild.
In Timmins, the Coyotes get a young puck-moving defenceman. Last season, he scored seven assists for seven points, adding eight minutes in penalties in 31 games. His possession numbers are 55.2 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of -2.2. Those totals are up from 2019-20 when he played just two NHL games. Timmins has spent his entire career with Colorado. He was originally drafted in the second round, 32nd overall of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Avalanche.
GLENDALE, AZ – APRIL 19: Arizona Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35) looks on during the NHL hockey game between the Minnesota Wild and the Arizona Coyotes on April 19, 2021 at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)