May 9, 2016
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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).