All Hail the Kuemperor! A First Look At Darcy Kuemper In A Washington Capitals Sweater

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In need of a change in net, the Washington Capitals made perhaps the biggest splash in the free agent market for goaltenders by signing former Colorado Avalanche ‘tender Darcy Kuemper to a five-year deal. On Monday, the 32-year made his first appearance in Capitals attire at MedStar Capitals Iceplex, joining the team for their informal skates.

With training camp set to begin on September 22, the Caps have slowly but surely been welcoming more and more familiar faces to the MedStar ice prior to the start of training camp, with captain Alex Ovechkin among the recent arrivals. Kuemper, who will form a new-look netminding tandem with backup Charlie Lindgren this season, joined his new teammates Monday morning, giving the DMV their first look at the veteran goalie as a member of the team.

The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada native is coming off a 2021-22 season in which he went 37-12-4, with a Goals-Against Average of 2.54 and Save Percentage of .921, followed by a run to the 2022 Stanley Cup, helping the Avs capture their first title in over two decades by going 10-4 in the postseason with a 2.57 GAA, and .902 Save Percentage.

Kuemper is the team’s de facto number one this season after the Caps made a complete overhaul in net during the offseason. The former sixth-round pick of the Minnesota Wild has a career record of 143-95-36 in 299 Games Played (282 starts), with a career Goals-Against Average of 2.48 and Save Percentage of .918.

By Michael Fleetwood

 

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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1 Response to All Hail the Kuemperor! A First Look At Darcy Kuemper In A Washington Capitals Sweater

  1. DWGie26 says:

    Those are some pristine pads. Needs to take some rubber. Haha!

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