Blackhawks: Trading For Darcy Kuemper Just Does Not Make Sense
By Jimmy Lynch
Nothing is set in stone, but the Chicago Blackhawks do not have a goalie for their team next season. One player that has been mentioned as a potential goalie for the team is Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper.
Elliotte Friedman recently reported that the Blackhawks are one of five teams that have shown interest in Darcy Kuemper of the Arizona Coyotes. Kuemper is one heck of a goalie, and he could be a great addition to the team, but I do not know if the Coyotes are willing to part ways with him.
We all know the ongoing drama that is Corey Crawford’s contract for next season. Knowing the Blackhawks and Stan Bowman, it will be a while before we know whether or not Crawford will be available for the team moving down the line.
So, with the future uncertain, the Blackhawks do need to start making other plans for a starting goalie for next season. Kuemper of the Coyotes is the perfect example of what kind of a goalie the Blackhawks need.
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Kuemper is a large NHL goalie, that can steal games for the team in front of him. Even though Darcy Kuemper missed a considerable sum of this season with an injury if it was not for him the Coyotes probably would not have been in a playoff position.
Kuemper was the lone Coyote voted to the all-star game this past season. At just 4.5 million for the next two seasons, the 30-year-old would be a steal for any team in net. While I would love to see the Blackhawks go out and add Kuemper, I just do not think it makes sense for the Coyotes.
If the Coyotes are shopping arguably their best player in net, their asking price must be pretty high. If Chicago has to move their first-round draft pick and a player like Brandon Saad to add a goalie like Kuemper I just do not know if I want to see the team sacrifice so much for a 30-year-old goalie.
With the ‘Hawks first-round pick this coming season, I would not mind seeing the team go out and add a young goalie for the future. Chicago does not have the best depth when it comes to their goaltending, and I hope they can improve on that during the coming months.
Back three years ago the ‘Hawks worst depth position was defense, and look at how much that has changed. The ‘Hawks added players like Henri Jokiharju, Adam Boqvist, and Nicolas Beaudin to help bolster their farm system. Now it is time to start focusing on a different area.
Yes, Kuemper still does have five or six more years before he is going to call it a career, but at the same time, going out and adding Kuemper would seem counterproductive for Chicago when there are younger options available as well.
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The ‘Hawks might want to start looking further down the line when it comes to picking their starting goalie. I want to see Crawford back next season, but if a deal is not struck, let’s hope the Blackhawks opt for a young goalie that can be our guy for years to come.