ST. PAUL, Minn. Speaking at the Minnesota Wild's annual pre-draft press conference last week, general manager Chuck Fletcher and assistant general manager Brent Flahr tried to avoid tipping their hand at who they might be looking to select with this year's No. 7 overall pick.
The two spoke about selecting the best player available, regardless of position. Then the topic of goaltenders was brought up. Fletcher wasn't even going to pretend a goaltender would be an option for the Wild.
"I'd fall of my chair if we draft a goalie at No. 7," Fletcher said.
Flahr replied: "I'll be getting my resume ready probably."
No, after re-signing Josh Harding to a three-year contract, having Niklas Backstrom as the starter and young goaltenders such as Matt Hackett waiting, Minnesota won't be selecting a goaltender in the first round of Friday's NHL draft. After that, Fletcher and Flahr insist any options are open.
Fletcher said he's received phone calls about trading up or trading back. They'v...