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Avs acquire veteran goalie Darcy Kuemper in trade with Coyotes

Colorado is trading defenseman Conor Timmins, a 2022 first-round pick and a conditional third-round selection in the 2024 draft to Arizona in the deal.

DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche have found their new No. 1 goalie just six hours after letting Philipp Grubauer walk in free agency to the Seattle Kraken. 

The Avs have acquired veteran goalie Darcy Kuemper from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Conor Timmins, a 2022 first-round pick and a conditional third-round selection in the 2024 draft. Craig Morgan of AZcoyotesinsider.com first reported the news

Kuemper, 31, has played nine seasons in the NHL with Minnesota, Los Angeles and most recently Arizona. He has a career record of 106-83-32. Last year with the Coyotes Kuemper went 10-11-3 in 24 starts. 

“In Darcy we are acquiring a proven, reliable netminder who brings a ton of NHL experience at just 31 years of age,” said Avalanche EVP / GM Joe Sakic in a release provided by the team. “Obviously we had to solidify the goaltending position and we feel like Darcy is someone who can step in and do that. We feel very confident in our goaltending tandem as we head into the 2021-22 season.”

Timmins, 22, is a former second-round pick by the Avs in the 2017 NHL Draft. He appeared in 31 games for Colorado a season ago, tallying 7 assists and no goals. 

Grubauer, a Vezina Trophy candidate and unrestricted free agent, left the Avalanche earlier Wednesday for a 6-year deal worth $33.6 million from the Kraken. 

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