We’ve talked plenty lately about Minnesota’s goalie woes and, given what happened this morning, now expect those talks to continue.
The Wild put Darcy Kuemper on injured reserve Thursday, and called up journeyman John Curry from AHL Iowa as a replacement. The decision to put Kuemper on IR comes less than 24 hours after a terrible Wednesday practice in which head coach Mike Yeo flipped out on his players, then watched Kuemper come up lame.
Shortly Kuemper visited the team physician, Yeo said his No. 1 netminder would be out “a little bit” with an undisclosed ailment.
This is, obviously, puts the Wild in a major predicament. Kuemper hasn’t played well this year, yet still managed to keep a pretty tight hold on the starting gig due to Niklas Backstrom’s health issues and lack of effectiveness when healthy. The 36-year-old Finn has made just 10 starts this year and his last two appearances have been in relief of Kuemper — including Saturday’s 7-1 shellacking at Dallas, in which Backstrom allowed three goals on 14 shots.
Bleak outlook? Yup. And what’s more, Minnesota has some real tough games coming up.
The Wild host the ‘Hawks tonight, Nashville on Saturday, then head out for a three-game road swing that includes games in Chicago and Pittsburgh.