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Wild sign Kuemper, suspend Harding

From the Minneapoils Star-Tribune's Michael Russo:

Thanks to Josh Harding’s broken foot, Darcy Kuemper got his one-way contract. On the eve of players taking the ice for the first time, the Wild conceded in its standoff with its young goalie by signing Kuemper to a two-year, $2.5 million contract.

“I’m super excited to continue this journey with the Wild and can’t wait to see and get back on the ice with my teammates,” Kuemper said in a text message.

The move comes a day after veteran Ilya Bryzgalov agreed to a tryout and hours after General Manager Chuck Fletcher met with Harding to try to establish how he got injured in an off-ice incident Sunday involving an altercation with a teammate.

Soon after the meeting, Fletcher made the decision to suspend Harding. During the time he recovers, Harding won’t be paid a prorated portion of his $2.1 million salary and he won’t count against the Wild’s salary cap. The paperwork was filed and all parties were notified late Thursday.

In the meantime, Fletcher said Thursday night that Kuemper’s signing won’t affect Bryzgalov’s tryout. If Kuemper’s not one of the top-2 goalies in training camp, the Wild can sign Bryzgalov and assign Kuemper to Iowa of the American Hockey League without waivers.

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TreKronor's avatar

So interesting how things have developed for the Wild in the past couple weeks.  Less than a month ago a journalist or media figure was saying the team had the best goalie portfolio in the league.  What Now?

Posted by TreKronor on 09/18/14 at 11:44 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Allegedly, he kicked a wall while frustrated after arguing with a teammate. That was one hell of an expensive kick.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 09/19/14 at 10:43 AM ET

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