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Forum: NHL TradesOct 29 at 11:23
Forum: NHL TradesOct 18 at 4:48
Forum: NHL SigningsOct 2 at 6:12
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>rollie1967</b></div><div>Kuemper had good numbers last year, it would be a stretch to say hes a proven #1. The fact they already have Raanta signed is an issue. The idea that a tandem works where the work and salary is split close to 50/50 has not been proven(starters have lost their jobs to up and comers- but they werent paid like starters, nor expected to split duties). It didnt work with Dallas (Lehtonen/Niemi), NYI (Greiss/Halak/then Lehner) nor the multiple times the Flyers and Blues have tried it. While the cap hit for goalies for Arizona is only 6.8 this year- it jumps to 9.4 next year, if it was affective this season- that would put them #2 (behind Boston-9.75m) in goalie costs among the top cup contenders ( Bos. Dall . Vegas, TBay, Wash, Colo, Tor, St.L, Pit) .
If they were to move Raanta, or figured he was to spend most if not all season on the LTIR- then this would be an ok back-up plan (pun intended). They do have two good prospects in net: Adin Hill and Ivan Prosvetov ( a few years away for Ivan).</div></div>"sir, this is a Wendy's."

jokes aside, one seems to be conveniently forgetting the facts that:
a) the Islanders made the playoffs at all due to Greiss and Lehner's goaltending, when noooooobody expected them to, and also in spite of their 223 goals for over the season, more than 20 below league average;
b) the Bruins, oh, I dunno, made the playoffs and the Stanley Cup Finals in the first place because Halák's goaltending was good enough in a tandem role to get the Bruins through Rask's slumps, thus not working Rask nearly as hard as compared to if he had played 60+ games and giving him enough gas in the tank to carry the Bruins through the playoffs.

sure, Rask and Halák aren't paid close to the same, but that's more due to the paradigm of paying goaltenders that still exists and hasn't really changed yet across the league.
Forum: NHL SigningsOct 2 at 3:50
Forum: NHL SigningsOct 2 at 2:31
Forum: NHL SigningsOct 2 at 1:09
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hard to be unhappy with this deal. If Kuemper has a tough season, it&#39;s only two years - and if he plays well again, hard to see him signing something this cost-effective (and short term) rather than going to free agency at the end of the year. <a href="https://t.co/ilwZqaUbzN">https://t.co/ilwZqaUbzN</a></p>&mdash; Catherine Silverman (@catmsilverman) <a href="https://twitter.com/catmsilverman/status/1179438380205010944?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 2, 2019</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">To add re: Kuemper: even if Antti Raanta has a stellar year as well, let&#39;s say you decide to keep him and give him two years, $5M AAV. If you think that a team tying up &lt;$10M in starting-caliber goaltenders is a poor move, you&#39;re living in a fantasy world.</p>&mdash; Catherine Silverman (@catmsilverman) <a href="https://twitter.com/catmsilverman/status/1179440180517691393?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 2, 2019</a></blockquote>
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personally, I think it's fine. it's a bit hypocritical of fans to expect goaltenders to accept lower money than skaters when goaltending is a very key part of how well teams do. sure, goaltending can be incredibly variable, but the Coyotes also employ a pretty good set of goaltending coaches, so, clearly, they like what they see from Kuemper. there's obviously some risk involved, but I don't really think any of their available prospects are really ready to make the jump in the near future, and the Coyotes look like they want to contend now, so retaining Kuemper for a couple of years past this one is a smart move, rather than letting him go to FA.
Forum: NHLSep 25 at 1:09