Unrestricted free agent goalie Darcy Kuemper is fresh off a Stanley Cup Championship and another solid regular season consisting of a 37-12-5 record, .921 save percentage, 2.54 GAA and 25.1 goals saved above average.
The 32-year-old netminder played the last two years on a $4.5 million cap hit and checks out among the top available free-agent goaltenders this offseason. He’s eyeing a notable raise.
Here are 3 potential landing spots for Kuemper if he doesn’t re-sign with the Colorado Avalanche.
The Oilers have 40-year-old Mike Smith under contract for the 2022-23 campaign at a manageable $2.2 million cap hit, but he’s proven incapable of putting the club over the top each of the past three years.
Edmonton needs an upgrade in goal, bottom line.
Unfortunately, the organization is also up against the salary cap.
Additionally, while superstar forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are still in the prime of their careers, the championship window inches closer and closer to shutting every spring.
In a best-case scenario, Smith retires to open more cap space for Edmonton to pursue a go-to No. 1 goalie.
While Kuemper fits the bill, competition will be fierce for his services, and landing with the Oilers is a likely a longshot.