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DENVER, COLORADO - MARCH 8: Goaltender Darcy Kuemper #35 of the Arizona Coyotes skates during a break in the action against the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena on March 8, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Avs opt for economical route, trade for goalie Kuemper

(Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Priced out by the Seattle Kraken for goaltender Philipp Grubauer and left without much in terms of free agent options, the Colorado Avalanche have turned to a more economical strategy for acquiring a netminder.

First reported by Craig Morgan of AZCoyotesInsider.com, Arizona has traded goalie Darcy Kuemper to Colorado in exchange for defenseman Conor Timmins and a first-round pick.

Kuemper, on the final year of his contract, comes at a lower price — $5.5 million AAV — than what Grubauer was able to fetch from Seattle — $5.9 million.

The Coyotes will also retain $1 million of Kuemper’s cap hit, per Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, meaning the goaltender will count only $3.5 million toward the Avalanche salary cap.

Before the move was announced, Colorado had $12.38 million in cap space, per Spotrac.com.

Fan Avalanche Insider Adrian Dater called the trade a “potentially fine deal for the Avs,” as Kuemper is a “good goalie” and Timmins was trending toward the end of the defensive bench.

In 27 games for Arizona last season, Kuemper went 10-11-3 with a .907 save percentage and a 2.56 goals against average.

Over his career, the 31-year-old Kuemper has played in 242 games for the Coyotes, Minnesota Wild and Los Angeles Kings, garnering a 106-83-32 record with a career GAA of 2.47 and save percentage of .917.

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