The Arizona Coyotes have solidified their goalie tandem for the next two seasons after signing Darcy Kuemper to a two-year, $9 million contract on Wednesday.
“We are extremely pleased to sign Darcy to a two-year extension,” said Coyotes GM John Chayka in a statement. “Darcy had an incredible season last year and established himself as one of the NHL’s best goaltenders. With Darcy and Antti, we are confident that we have one of the best goaltending tandems in the League.”
Kuemper is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $2.1 million in salary this season.
The 29-year-old netminder had his best season as a pro in 2018-19 after he assumed the No. 1 job following Antti Raanta‘s injury. In 55 starts he posted a .927 even strength save percentage and five shutouts helping the Coyotes through their numerous injuries to stay in the Western Conference wild card hunt. That ESSV% was tied for third among all NHL goaltenders with at least 50 appearances.
This extension means both Coyotes goaltender are under contract through the end of the 2020-21 season, with Raanta eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2020. (It also means their two top goalies will eat up $8.75 million in cap space next season.) Eric Comrie was picked up on the waiver wire on Tuesday from Winnipeg will provide some injury insurance.