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Wild Out of Goalies: Now What?


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#1 OFFLINE   Selly

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 10:50 AM

The Minnesota Wild have few positions of depth in the organization. Years of poor drafting will do that. One of those areas of strength has long been goaltending. After signing Niklas Backstrom out of Finland, the Wild stock piled goalies in hopes of finding the next "goalie of the future." Right now... only one of them that is eligible to play in the NHL is healthy.

Last night, despite stopping all 24 shots the Coyotes put on him, Josh Harding was pulled with what Russo reported was a "tweak," and did not return to the game. Backup, and now starter, Matt Hackett came in and the Wild wound up winning, but only after the game went to the skills competition.

No big deal, right? Goalie was hurt, backup comes in. What's the big deal?


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Posted 09 March 2012 - 01:31 PM

Just play out the last month of the season and reload for next year.
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Posted 09 March 2012 - 01:37 PM

Sucks...but at least it's not like they were in the run for the playoffs anyways.
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Posted 09 March 2012 - 01:41 PM

Well they missed the chance to claim Turco. That would have solved the issue but I don't see a problem here yet. There are a couple of players who can be signed to emergency contracts and brought in to back up Hackett. All this does is bring the Wild closer to an even better draft pick.
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Posted 09 March 2012 - 05:54 PM

Well they missed the chance to claim Turco. That would have solved the issue but I don't see a problem here yet. There are a couple of players who can be signed to emergency contracts and brought in to back up Hackett. All this does is bring the Wild closer to an even better draft pick.

No, they didn't, actually. There's a rule that if you claim a someone that played in Europe that signed after the trade deadline they can't play for you until the next season.

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