Coyotes trade Kuemper to Avs for Timmins, 2 draft picks

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The Colorado Avalanche have found their replacement for Philipp Grubauer.

The Arizona Coyotes have dealt goaltender Darcy Kuemper to the Avs in exchange for defenseman Conor Timmins, a 2022 first-round pick, and a 2024 conditional third-round pick.

Grubauer, the former Avs starter, signed a six-year deal with the Seattle Kraken on Wednesday.

Kuemper is in the final year of his contract, which carries a $4.5-million cap hit, but the Coyotes are retaining $1 million, per Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

The 31-year-old is coming off a down year by his standards, as he posted a .907 save percentage and a 2.56 goals-against average in 27 games. He also battled injuries throughout the campaign.

However, in the three seasons prior, Kuemper owned a .924 save percentage and a 2.35 goals-against average in 113 appearances. He finished fourth in the league in goals saved above average in 2018-19 and 2019-20, receiving down-ballot Vezina Trophy votes each year.

The 6-foot-5 Saskatchewan native also helped Canada win gold at the 2021 World Championship, posting a .916 save percentage and a 2.17 goals-against average in eight games.

Timmins, meanwhile, was chosen 32nd overall by the Avalanche in 2017. The 6-foot-2 right-handed blue-liner has registered seven assists in 33 career NHL games.

Coyotes have now acquired two first-round picks, six second-rounders, two third-round selections, and a pair of seventh-round picks so far this offseason as they continue to rebuild.

Josef Korenar and Carter Hutton are the remaining goaltenders on Arizona's roster.

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