Manor TRADE DETAILS: Kings Send PLD to Capitals for Goalie Darcy Kuemper


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The Kings secured their starting goaltender for next season with a massive trade on Wednesday, sending PL Dubois to the Washington Capitals for Darcy Kuemper.

One for one

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Kuemper is expected to be the No. 1 goalie in LA. However, from what we hear, recently signed David Rittich will likely still get plenty of playing time coming off his play from last season. One of the many advantages of this deal is the Kings staff is familiar with Kuemper and that should fast-forward the process of helping him improve his game between now and opening night in October.

There are many additional subplots to the Kuemper story, including the salary cap savings that comes with the trade. LA GM Rob Blake was on record as saying he would not be buying out the Dubois contract this summer, leaving a trade as the best option if the team was looking to move on. In doing a one-for-one deal with Washington and not retaining any of the money remaining over the next seven years, the Kings will save money both in the short term (swamping an $8.5M AAV contract for one that carries a $5.25M AAV) and for many years to come. .

For the next three years, LA Kings gain $3.25M in cap space by flipping PLD for Kuemper

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Some of the cap savings could be used to re-sign Matt Roy, yet that remains a tricky situation. Not only will he command a lot of money, the Kings bigger need is on the left side, not the right — as covered here. When the roster is settled over the next few weeks, look for the Kings to have added size and grit at the bottom of their lineup. For now, the immediate next step is getting Quinton Byfield signed to a new deal (our contract prediction is here).

From the Kings press release:

Kuemper, 34, returns to the Kings after appearing in 33 games with the Washington Capitals last season, finishing the campaign with a 13-14-3 record and one shutout. The netminder is a veteran of 389 NHL regular season contests over parts of 13 seasons with the Minnesota Wild, LA Kings, Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche and Washington Capitals, including a Stanley Cup Championship with Colorado in 2022.

The 6-5, 215-pound goaltender has maintained a 2.61 GAA and .914 SV% with 31 shutouts, while assembling a 178-135-46 career record in the regular season. Through 34 career postseason appearances, Kuemper has recorded a 17-10 record with a 2.72 GAA and .908 SV% and two shutouts. During the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kuemper posted a 10-4 record with a 2.57 GAA and .902 SV% with one shutout. Kuemper last suited up for the Kings in the 2017-18 campaign, where he went 10-1-3 with three shutouts and a 2.10 GAA and .932 SV% in 19 games.

Using data available at, here’s a look at how Kuemper performed among goalies with at least 30 appearances during the 2023-24 NHL regular season:


More to come later, including comments from Blake and an all new Kings Of The Podcast episode.


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