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).
- Wild’s Dubnyk shakes off six-goal night, saves 36 as Blues pushed to brink 22
- WATCH LIVE: Tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff action 5
- Malkin: ‘I want to say sorry to fans, to my teammates’ 31
- It’s Done: Rangers eliminate Penguins in overtime 98
- Sens’ Anderson continues to haunt Habs, forces Game 6 11
- Price, Dubnyk, Rinne are Vezina Trophy finalists 16
- Chicago to start Darling in Game 6 18
- Chiarelli named Oilers’ GM and president of hockey ops 37
- Weber out for remainder of series, but ‘did not suffer an ACL injury’ 6
- Report: Oilers’ Lowe removed from Hockey Ops role 19
- Of course they did: Oilers win 2015 NHL Draft Lottery, will select first overall (174)
- Too little, too late: Rangers stifle Penguins for 2-1 series lead (114)
- Eichel understands Murray’s disappointment, but ‘extreme competitor’ has ‘a lot to offer’ (98)
- It’s Done: Rangers eliminate Penguins in overtime (98)
- Bettman under fire after saying ‘Katy Perry’ chant wasn’t sexist (89)