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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Rookie Darcy Kuemper will suit up tonight

Earlier this week, Anton Khudobin was called up to the Wild to back up Nicklas Backstrom.
Josh Harding, who probably needed surgery the last time he hurt himself, REALLY needs surgery now.
Khudobin will be with the big club for the rest of the year, and with Barry Brust on the shelf, that left the Aeros with no No. 2 netminder.

Thanks to the Red Deer Rebels getting eliminated from the playoffs, the Aeros now have a backup in Darcy Kuemper.
He will dress tonight, and even though it is unlikely, he could get the start against the Wolves tonight. Personally, I love Wade Dubielewicz, but he's had a rough go against the Wolves and he put two pucks in his own net Sunday against Peoria.

My gut tells me this guy is closer to Kyle Kettles than, say a Josh Harding, who was really good when he was with the Aeros. But we'll see. T3I has gotten somewhat of a scouting report from the Red Deer beat writer, and there was nothing to make me think the Aeros are getting a preview of their next No. 1 goalie. In fact, I think the general sentiment was that Kuemper would benefit from another year in the WHL.

In other news:

The Aeros will also get Marco Scandella for the rest of the year, but he probably will not get in town in time to dress tonight. Possible, but not likely. Look for him, though, to be in the lineup Friday against the Wolves.

Not really much to play for on the Aeros side as the team will look COMPLETELY different next year ... but, the Wolves. Man, they have to win these two against the Aeros, and expect them to do just that. The Stars are only six points back in the standings and are playing the best of any team in the division right now. The Wolves want home ice and are probably the favorite to come out of the division if they get it.

That is all for now. See you at the rink.



Anonymous said...

Hopefully the front office will look completely different too.

Anonymous said...

I agree. If some things don't change next season, it will definitely be our last. And it has nothing to do with the team winning or not winning.

Sundays in 110 said...

Who, off the ice, do you feel needs to be 'upgraded'?

I don't think any minor league hockey team, who's number one priority is developing talent to play in the NHL, can be expected to win every game or to always have a successful season. Our best players will always, and should be, called up to play at a higher level.
I am happy to see a Cody or Anton or anyone of the guys get the call.

This year, which did not have as strong a team as last year's, has seen many more call ups, of many more players then in years past.

Forecheck said...

@ Anonymous : Hopefully a whole new set of players, too.

As I sort of mentioned elsewhere, I rather have a good ECHL team here rather than watch this crap much longer.