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Kuemper Out of All-Star Game + Coyotes In First Place

January 16, 2020, 11:48 AM ET [32 Comments]
James Tanner
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The Arizona Coyotes are only sending one player to the all-star game, but he won't be going.

The Coyotes hope to get Kuemper - who should be in line for his first Vezina nomination, at least - back sometime after the ASG, so it's not really surprising that he won't be going.

Kind of sucks though because while guys like Ovechkin can skip it, for Kuemper it's got to burn because he probably didn't think in a thousand years his career would end up like this.

Hope he gets healthy and can get back there next year.

Kuemper has been out since December 20.

The Coyotes remain in first place despite losing their MVP for a month, and that's a testiment to the fact they have an incredible team.

No one gives them any credit because they are the Coyotes, but they've got multiple elite players, they've added scoring, and they have two quality goalies.

The trade deadline is approaching and they'd probably be gunshy about trading Raanta when Kuemper has already been injured, but you have to at least think they'd explore seeing what a team like Edmonton or San Jose would pay for Raanta.

According to Craig Morgan of the Athletic, there's no chance we see Barrett Hayton until after the all-star game.

The Coyotes are in first, and they are going to add Barratt Hayton - currently one of the best non-NHL regulars in the entire world to their roster.

They are going to get back their star goalie, they just got back Hjallmarson, and they've got cap space and assets to add basically whatever they want.

They are maxed out on the cap, but Grabner makes nearly four, Goligoski makes five, Demers 3 and Raanta 4, so clearing cap space without hurting the team shouldn't be problematic at all.

Things are poised to be very interesting for the Coyotes. This is the first year since I've been covering them that they are actual contenders, and I have to say, it's pretty awesome.

The Coyotes will play Vancouver tonight then Edmonton Saturday, then they'll be off for ten days with the all-star game and bi week.
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