Washington Capitals land Darcy Kuemper to fill goaltending void

Darcy Kuemper has joined the Washington Capitals on a five-year deal following his departure from Stanley Cup winners Colorado Avalanche.

Kuemper has agreed to a $26.25million deal with an AAV of $5.25million against the salary cap.

The deal sees the Washington Capitals replace Vitek Vanecek after trading him to the New jersey Devils, and they also acquired a back-up, Charlie Lindgren $1.1million, three years) shortly afterwards too.

“You never know where you’re going to end up,” Kuemper said. “Everything happens for a reason and it worked out and ended up with a great organization, a great team and super excited for it.”

Kuemper was one of 19 goaltenders who played in the NHL last season who headed to free agency, but a frenzy of interest emptied that pool of available talent pretty quickly.

With that in mind, Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan was understandably happy to get the man most considered the best pedigree goaltender available.

“It changed quite a bit,” MacLellan admitted. “A lot of people [were] jockeying for limited amount of guys and seemed like seats filled up and then there was a pause and there was only a certain amount left and teams went from there.”

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