February 21, 2018 | 7:00pm ET
COYOTES ACQUIRE KUEMPER FROM KINGS; L.A. GETS RIEDER, WEDGEWOOD
Evander Kane, left wing
The Arizona Coyotes have traded winger Tobias Rieder and goaltender Scott Wedgewood to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for goaltender Darcy Kuemper.
The Coyotes have subsequently signed Kuemper to a two-year, $3.7 million contract extension, TFP has confirmed. He will earn $1.6 million in the first year of his new deal and $2.1 million in the second.
The Coyotes are also retaining 15 per cent of Rieder’s remaining salary this season.
Kuemper, 27, has posted a 10-1-3 record with a 2.10 goals against average (GAA), .932 save percentage (SV%) and three shutouts in 19 games for the Kings this season.
“Darcy is a big, talented goaltender who is having an excellent year,” said Coyotes GM John Chayka. “You need great goaltending in this league in order to be successful and with Antti and Darcy, we are confident that we have an excellent tandem for the future.”
The native of Saskatoon, SK has a career record of 51-35-17 with a 2.52 GAA, .913 SV% and 10 shutouts in 104 games with the Kings and Minnesota Wild. He was originally drafted by the Wild in the sixth round (161st overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Rieder, 25, has collected eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points in 58 games with the Coyotes this season.
He has registered 51 goals and 60 assists for 111 points and 36 penalty minutes (PIM) in 292 career games with the Coyotes over four seasons.
Wedgewood, 25, has posted a 5-9-4 record with a 3.45 GAA, .893 SV% with a shutout in 20 games this season.
He was originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the third-round (84th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.