Darcy kuemper was all smiles Thursday after kicking off day one of training camp with the Colorado Avalanche at the Family Sports Center.
The newly acquired Avs goaltender is adjusting well to Denver and his new club. After solidifying his move to Colorado a few weeks ago, he is excited to work with his new teammates.
“I immediately felt at home, I immediately felt like part of the locker room,” he said.
Leaving Arizona, Kuemper arrived early in Mile High City to get off to a quick start with his new organization.
âI just try to be positive all the time in all aspects of life and I just try to keep smiling. When it’s time to work, work,â he said. “And when it’s time to have fun with the guys, it’s time to have fun with the guys.”
Kuemper is no stranger to the Avalanche, but now he’s no match for one of the National Hockey League’s top lines. Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen, he stands behind them and watches them get to work.
âIt’s good to go against them in training (MacKinnon, Landeskog and Rantanen), it really pushes you to be your best every day,â said Kuemper. âIt’s going to make me a better goalie against guys like these on a daily basis.
Video: Kuemper after his first official training with Avs
The Avalanche acquired Kuemper from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Conor Timmins, a first-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft in late July.
âHe’s been great every time we’ve faced him,â MacKinnon said of the newly acquired goalie. “Great personality, great attitude, we’re so glad to have him.”
Kuemper will work closely with goaltending coach Jussi Parkkila as well as the rest of the coaching staff throughout the season to manage his workload and help him perform at the top of his game.
“I like his attitude. I mean we know what he is in goal. He’s a great guy, he did really well in a team that gave a lot of scoring chances and he’s capable. to hold on in games. He’s played really well against us in the past, he had some injury issues last year, but nothing serious, “said head coach Jared Bednar on Thursday. âI think if he’s a guy who can start for us and give us that 50+ start quality, I think we’re going to have good goalkeepers because I think (Pavel Francouz) is ready to come back too. I love his attitude, his work ethic, I think he’s as competitive as any player we have, and that comes from his former goaltending coach, his former GM, the coaches, and he’s the kind of guy that guys are going to play hard with up front, so we’re so glad to have him. ”
The Avalanche has high hopes and expectations for the 2021-22 campaign and is aiming for the prize. With Kuemper familiarizing himself with the city and the club, he is ready to start the season with the same goal in mind.