The Minnesota Wild have sent goalie Darcy Kuemper back to AHL Houston.
Kuemper, 22, was summoned from the American League on Feb. 12 to fill in for backup netminder Josh Harding, who suffered a multiple sclerosis setback.
Kuemper went on to make his NHL debut against Vancouver that same night — a 2-1 loss — and appeared in four games total for the Wild, posting a 1-2-0 record with a .924 save percentage and 2.22 goals-against average.
As you can see by his numbers, Kuemper’s demotion isn’t due to poor play at the NHL level.
A series of events played their part(s) — Kuemper first suffered a groin injury that landed him on IR, and the club then proceeded to call up Matt Hackett from Houston.
By assigning Kuemper to the AHL, he can get back to playing more games, rather than sitting behind Niklas Backstrom (who has been a busy man of late, being the goalie of record in nine of Minnesota’s last 10 games).
Coaches are quickly getting the hang of this challenge thing.
Following Mike Babcock’s successful challenge in Toronto’s opening-night loss to Montreal on Wednesday, Babcock’s provincial rival — Sens head coach Dave Cameron — got it right as well, successfully reversing Evander Kane‘s would-be equalizer in the third period.
From the league:
At 10:34 of the third period in the Senators/Sabres game, Ottawa requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Buffalo was off-side prior to Evander Kane’s goal.
After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons was off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Linesman, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been stopped for an “Off-side” infraction; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed.”
Therefore the original call is overturned – no goal Buffalo Sabres.
The clock is re-set to show 9:32 (10:28 elapsed time), when the off-side infraction occurred.
As the league later noted, this was the first coach’s challenge under the offside scenario.
Didn’t take long for Jack Eichel to make his mark at the NHL level.
The No. 2 overall pick at this year’s draft scored his first-ever NHL goal in his first-ever NHL game on Thursday night, cutting Ottawa’s lead to 2-1 in the third period of Buffalo’s season-opener.
Marcus Foligno and another new Sabre, Evander Kane, registered the assists on Eichel’s marker, which came on the power play.