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Darcy Kuemper Returns Against Rangers Tonight



Darcy Kuemper

As I alluded to a couple days ago, Darcy Kuemper will make his return in goal for the Avalanche tonight against the New York Rangers. The team announced that the veteran is good to go again.

Kuemper missed four games, after taking a puck to the head from a shot at the Avs’ morning skate in Toronto last week. In those four games, goalies Jonas Johansson and Justus Annunen allowed 20 goals. Yet, the Avs found a way to get five of a possible eight points in them.

The Rangers, by the way, are missing top goalie Igor Shesterkin to injury. His absence lately hasn’t slowed the Rangers any, as they have won seven in a row and are 9-1-0 in their last 10 games, under new coach Gerard Gallant and GM Chris Drury.

I’m hearing that the Avs plan to recall Pavel Francouz from the Colorado Eagles later this week. Frankie posted a 27-save shutout for the Eagles on Saturday night. It’s possible the team will keep three goalies on the roster, but I doubt it. If they want to send Johansson back down to the minors, though, he’d have to pass through waivers.

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Francouz seems fully healed from his sprained ankle. I saw him play over the weekend, and he looked very quick side-to-side.

The game is on the NHL Network.

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Do we know who took the shot in practice? 😛 Does that happen a lot Dater?


when my son played Midget Minor hockey, he was in a beef with his team’s goalie, who refused to try to make any saves on my son’s shots in practice. So, as any self-respecting hockey player does, my son gave the goalie a nice wrister to the old noggin. After they both dropped the gloves, both were suspended for two games. The goalie never singled out my son in practice again. lol


Yoyo should easily clear waivers. He’s shown the rest of the league all of his shortcomings and I’m pretty sure nobody wants that for their team.

Considering the Avs luck with injuries though… It may behoove us to keep a 3rd goalie as a healthy scratch, you know, just in case…


MoMo was called the worst goalie he has ever seen – in practice or a game by a Buffalo sportswriter. That sealed the deal for Sakic who aggressively acquired him. Hoping he gets claimed on waivers otherwise he gets lit up in the AHL, if he even plays. Find a way to trade for Fleury – preferably by swapping Kuemper (one year contract) with Chicago who are in a total rebuilding phase and are also up against the cap like the Avs. Will take some creativity but MAF would be the best fit with Colorado and a team pursuing the… Read more »


As I’ve said before, I like the idea of Flowers as an Av. It would take more than Kuemper though, probably Kuemper + Jost or a low pick. Either way, totally worth it in my opinion.


Still would have to resign Fleury this summer. I think this is the last year of his contract. He is just as much of a risk as other goaltenders plus he could really hit the age cliff anytime. What is he 36? Not so sure about Fleury.


Buyer beware on Fleury, he is 37 and in the last year of his contract. So the avs would have to resign him this summer, hopefully for a lot less than he makes now $7mil. The age cliff could hit anytime now. Don’t forget his puck handling gaff against Montreal last year in the conf finals, a la Patrick Roy, only difference is Fleury did not get a chance to redeem himself. I think the odds are better to stick with DK. Giving up assets for an aging goalie (over 35) does not make sense. Finally, anyone missing Grub just… Read more »


Yes – I’m aware that the Avs would need to re-sign him. Or find another goalie, again. I’m just not comfortable with Kuemper. I keep on expecting him to raise his game and he hasn’t. He also hasn’t won anything – – so as long as the price tag isn’t too high – – I’d still make a move for MAF. Losing and not signing Grub to a long term contract may turnout to be a blessing in disguise.

Yan Girard

For Fleury, the Montreal Canadiens has always been his black beast. The Avs don’t need to give assets for Fleury. Chicago would accept probably to trade Fleury – Kuemper one for one with a conditional pick for example. At the trade deadline, the three-quarters of season will have been played and the difference of salary to pay would be less important. It doesn’t change nothing for the salary cap because Chicago won’t make the playoffs and it’s not important for them anyway. The Chicago needs are different from Avs needs. Avs must win right now while Chicago make a reset.… Read more »


I think the Avs missed an opportunity when they didn’t try to get MAF. The 3-time Stanley Cup champion still has a lot left in the tank, and Vegas was foolish to let him go. If they could afford Eichel, they could’ve kept Flower.

Bob Neal

I still think JJ is an adequate backup goalie and would wish the wandering (non-Latvian) defenseman would help him out a lot more. I find it interesting that you and Yan are so in lock-step about acquiring MAF who is now 40 years old. Assuming that MAF may have one more year before age catches up with him (it’s always the hips that go) would you be satisfied with one good run at the cup vs. 3 to 4 more years with a solid goalie like Kuemper being that the Cup is an awfully elusive target to consider a team… Read more »

Yan Girard

JJ is an adequate backup goalie? For the AHL? Kuemper isn’t a proven goalie in NHL. Someone says the opposite? Perfect, send me numbers… He never had any pressure with Arizona. Only one season with more 30 games played. Often injured. Kuemper is 31 years old but he is without contract at next summer. How much will he cost? Avs will keep all the same Kuemper for the next year if he doesn’t perform in playoffs? Fleury is 37 years old. He is athletic goalie and is rarely injured. It’s a winning. In the past, many goalies played until 40… Read more »


yeah, the Avs could keep a third goalie — with the NHL policy of emergency backup goalie, it doesn’t cost anything against the cap, and JoJo can return to the minors, where he might fit.


There are far fewer NHL games on reg TV since the move to ESPN, this sucks. AD, do you know if we will at least get Gary Thorne and Bill, Clement, Clement, hands of Cement for the playoffs? That would be the only concession here, imo.


Clement has retired from broadcasting any games including his beloved Philadelphia Flyers. I agree – he was a joy to listen to.


Thanks , I half knew he was retired, just wishful thinking. Both of their voices are forever ingrained in my head. The music, the mulleted one chiming in, Great memories…


if you go to nhl66 (dot) ir, you can see nearly all the games, though some Altitude feeds are not carried (very few). I live in Las Vegas and could obviously hit any sports book, and I bought NHL Center Ice package, but I watch Altitude on the gambling simulator site.


Thanks for the info . I can watch on the computer, just sucks cause its an individual thing and no longer a family thing. Altitude is naive and Comcast sucks. Oh, what’s that Comcast? You need your $150 for the month? Sure, here it is master, thank you.


If they want to send Johansson back down to the minors, though, he’d have to pass through waivers.”

I think he’ll clear … 😐


maybe the Eagles will waive him too, and he can play down at the level he is able to play, like AAA

Evelyn McCurdy

Is the game blocked out on NHL tonight since AltitudeTV is carrying it?


I think the NHL just hates us.

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