Saturday, October 23, 2021

Keeler: Is Darcy Kuemper Avalanche’s next Teddy Bridgewater? Or next Peyton Manning?

COVID just revealed a 2-0 streak advantage on Avs. It is too early. Better to rust in October than melt in May.

“So when I look at Darcy Kuamper, I watched him a lot when he was in Minnesota, when he was a stunt double,” former NHL goalkeeper and Turner sports analyst Darren Pung told The Post when asked about Avs’s new network miniter. … ahead of the season in Colorado against Chicago late Wednesday night.

“And I wondered why it was nothing more than a backup. And I kind of came to the conclusion that he doesn’t have that makeup to spare. He’s not one of those energetic, high-octane, flamboyant guys who could come after two weeks of sitting on the bench and play. “

Pang bent one arm forward like a shadow swan and squeezed his palm in a gesture that your uncle would make whenever he decided that it was here with a broken oven.

“He is a very level-headed, very level-headed person and athlete,” continued Pang. “So the more he plays, the more he gets into his element.”

The road to the Stanley Cup passes through the massive 6’5 ” Kuamper blades and then turns north through a series of bends between the man’s ears. Other than Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, no athlete in town would have more attention – or more admiration / curiosity / concern from their fan base – than No. 35 right now.

If Dove Valley is still looking for a quarterback who doesn’t make the deficit unapproachable, Chopper Circle is still chasing a netminder who fleshes out leads and momentum.

The goalkeeper who shuts doors and crushes souls. Especially during the postseason episode.

“There is no guarantee that the athlete will just blend in with it and be able to withstand (this pressure),” Pang said. “I believe the expectations (here) are very high. He seems to have the poise to maintain himself in such an environment. “

On the one hand, the Canadian national team supports him, and the Canadian national team is not messing around. When ESPN polled anonymous players, coaches and executives last April to name the top 10 goalkeepers in the game, our man Darcy, acquired in the summer through a trade with the Coyotes, was ranked 9th.

“His name is mentioned in trade rumors because he is incredibly valuable (to the Coyotes),” an executive told Worldwide Leader. “That’s why he’s still there.”

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And here he is, in a city where seasons and squads are judged by parades. Or lack of it.

No. 35 is taller and longer than its predecessor, Philip Grubauer. But he also never tolerated much water as the undisputed and healthy # 1 netter on the team that announced “This is Lord Stanley-Or-Bast” the day before the puck went down in the regular season.

Kuemper shared the load in Minnesota, where he has never made more than 28 starts. It’s the same with kings. Arizona has never finished higher than fourth in a division during Quamper’s time in the desert.

Here? Higher grade. The stakes are higher. Super Joe Sakic sent quarterback Connor Timmins, who was picked in the first round in 2022 and conditionally won in the third round in 24th for the big guy’s services. It was a win-win move for a team that has won everything but a big one lately.

“I’m so excited,” Kuamper said shortly after the deal was announced. “Obviously, this kind of expectation is high. And these are the possibilities that you dream of. And getting a chance to step in and join in is incredible and I’m so happy about it. “

Aves track unfinished business. Kuemper, a newlywed who turns 32 next May and has a contract year, is looking for a long-term deal. Sometimes when mutual interests coincide, that’s fine.

Otherwise well …

“Play better,” Pang objected with a smile. “This is a simple answer. My playing career was not as good as Darcy Kuamper’s, but I remember one time I let things bother me. And I had a real good friend who was a teammate who basically told me, “Shut your mouth and play better.”

“But Darcy is not that kind of guy. He’s not going to get attention for his incredible saves and won’t be the “first star” for 10 games in a row. You will appreciate how stable it is. You will appreciate how big it is. You will appreciate how good it is technically. And you will appreciate how he makes many difficult saves really easy. “

Star Nathan McKinnon and coach Jared Bednar, two scrapes from the coronavirus for the curtain lift, are not getting younger. On the positive side though, as we know damn well here, the 2-0 snippets are no longer as compelling as they used to be.

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