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Coyotes sign new goalie Darcy Kuemper to two-year extension

Carolina Hurricanes' Sebastian Aho (20), of Finland, shoots and scores against Los Angeles Kings goalie Darcy Kuemper (35) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Carolina won 7-3 (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

The Arizona Coyotes and Darcy Kuemper agreed to a two-year contract extension Thursday, a day after the team traded for the former Los Angeles Kings goalie.

“I’m thrilled to sign this contract extension with the Coyotes,” Kuemper said in a team release. “The Coyotes have a young and talented team and a very bright future ahead. I’m excited to be a part of it and can’t wait to contribute.”

The Coyotes acquired Kuemper in a Wednesday deal that sent forward Tobias Rieder and backup goalie Scott Wedgewood to Los Angeles.

Kuemper would become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year, but the Coyotes made the deal already looking to work out an extension, reported Arizona Sports’ Craig Morgan, who added that the contract was expected to carry an average annual value of $1.85 million.

The trade for Kuemper was unrelated to the Coyotes’ desire to re-sign starting goalie Antti Raanta, general manager John Chayka said Wednesday.

“You need two goalies to win in this league,” Chayka added in a statement.

“Antti (Raanta) is one and now we feel confident that we’ve got the second one in Darcy. We are very happy with our depth at the position in the NHL and AHL.”

Kuemper has gone 10-1-3 with a .932 save percentage and three shutouts in 19 appearances for Los Angeles this season.

He has a record of 51-35-17 with a .913 save percentage and 2.52 goals against average in his career.

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