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Wild send Kuemper to AHL on conditioning stint

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Darcy Kuemper

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The Minnesota Wild have bought themselves a bit of time to consider their options regarding their goaltending situation. Darcy Kuemper will report to AHL Iowa on a conditioning stint, per the Star Tribune’s Michael Russo.

Kuemper can spend up to two weeks in the minors. He had been dealing with a lower-body injury, but he returned on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old netminder was hot out of the gate, but he regressed as the season dragged on until it got to the point where goaltending was a glaring weakness for the Wild. In response to that, Minnesota acquired Devan Dubnyk from Arizona.

Dubnyk has been a mixed bag in his four appearances with Minnesota, but it looks like the Wild want to give him a chance to earn the starting gig. If he can’t do that before Kuemper returns, then the Wild’s goaltending situation will be that much more complicated.


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