The Washington Capitals were left with zero starting goalies on their roster after letting Ilya Samsonov and Vitek Vanecek walk during free agency. They plugged that hole with quite a big signing on Wednesday when they inked Colorado Avalanche netminder Darcy Kuemper to a five-year, $26.25 million deal.
In Kuemper, the Caps are snagging not only the defending Stanley Cup winner and their presumed starter for the 2022-23 season, but they’re also getting a veteran presence in net and a goalie who can hopefully steal a few wins for the squad over his tenure in Washington. He posted a .921 save percentage, 2.54 goals against average and a 37-12-4 record this past season during the Avs’ Cup run.
If you don’t know much about Kuemper, here are five of the best plays from his 10-year career to whet your appetite: