Fantasy Impact: Darcy Kuemper Shipped to the Avalanche

Dobber

2021-07-28

The Colorado Avalanche landed goaltender Darcy Kuemper from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for a first-round draft pick and defenseman Conor Timmins.

The Avalanche Get: Their No.1 goaltender that they lost earlier in the day when Philipp Grubauer signed with Seattle. Kuemper was an elite netminder in this league for one-and-a-half seasons. Then he got into injury trouble. He suffered a lower-body injury in late 2019 that cost him 28 games. Upon his return, he lost three out of the four games he started before the pandemic shut the season down. Then he went 4-5 in the play-in/playoffs bubble with a 0.913 SV%. Last season he was again hit with a lower-body injury and his numbers ended up 10-11-3 with a 0.907 SV%.

All in all, since returning from the first injury, Kuemper is 15-19-3 with a 0.910 SV% and a 2.78 GAA. He also posted a 52.5% QS ratio.

The Coyotes Get: A top offensive prospect defenseman who is capable in his own end. However, Timmins was buried in Colorado behind Cale Makar, Sam Girard and Bowen Byram. On most teams, Timmins may have been a top fantasy own by now. He missed the entire 2018-19 season due to concussion.

Fantasy Players Impacted: Kuemper immediately becomes a Tier 1 goaltending own. His only drawback is the injury risk. He has really been battling those lower-body injuries. However, the Avalanche are no strangers to injury-prone goaltenders (see Semyon Varlamov, Pavel Francouz and Philipp Grubauer for details). Once in a while, those goalies stay healthy and the result is – well, you saw Grubauer last season when he was healthy. Elite.

Timmins leaves a crowded Colorado blueline so that eases things a little for Byram (not that he needed it). But where he goes is where things get interesting. With Arizona, there is Jakob Chychrun and Shane Gostisbehere – two very capable offensive-minded defensemen. Chychrun broke out last year and he won't be stopped.