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Wild re-sign Kuemper as team suspends Harding

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Wild agreed to terms Thursday with goalie Darcy Kuemper on a one-way, two-year contract worth $2.5 million. The move ends Kuemper's brief absence from Wild training camp, which started with off-ice testing Thursday. The o...

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Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper played in six playoff games last season. USA Today Sports

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Wild agreed to terms Thursday with goalie Darcy Kuemper on a one-way, two-year contract worth $2.5 million.
The move ends Kuemper’s brief absence from Wild training camp, which started with off-ice testing Thursday.
The one-way contract means Kuemper will be paid the same regardless of whether he plays in the NHL or the minor league AHL.
Also Thursday, the Wild suspended goalie Josh Harding after he suffered a broken foot in an off-ice incident. As long as Harding is suspended, his salary cap hit won’t count against the team.
Kuemper, 24, enters a goalie mix that includes Niklas Backstrom and Ilya Bryzgalov, who is on a pro tryout.
The team begins on-ice activities today.
Kuemper’s performance last season as a rookie went a long way toward helping the Wild earn a playoff berth and get their first playoff series win in a decade.
After Backstrom was injured and Harding missed time because of multiple sclerosis, Kuemper stepped in and posted a 12-8-4 record with a 2.43 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.
During a stretch from January to March, Kuemper helped keep the Wild in the playoff race and set franchise records for rookie goaltenders in wins, shutouts and consecutive starts with 16. In six playoff games, he went 3-1-1 with a 2.03 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.
Kuemper is expected to fly into Minnesota this morning and undergo the off-ice activities and physical that he will miss Thursday.
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