Mar 13, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT
The Minnesota Wild have sent goalie Darcy Kuemper back to AHL Houston.
Kuemper, 22, was summoned from the American League on Feb. 12 to fill in for backup netminder Josh Harding, who suffered a multiple sclerosis setback.
Kuemper went on to make his NHL debut against Vancouver that same night — a 2-1 loss — and appeared in four games total for the Wild, posting a 1-2-0 record with a .924 save percentage and 2.22 goals-against average.
As you can see by his numbers, Kuemper’s demotion isn’t due to poor play at the NHL level.
A series of events played their part(s) — Kuemper first suffered a groin injury that landed him on IR, and the club then proceeded to call up Matt Hackett from Houston.
By assigning Kuemper to the AHL, he can get back to playing more games, rather than sitting behind Niklas Backstrom (who has been a busy man of late, being the goalie of record in nine of Minnesota’s last 10 games).
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