Mike Yeo: Wild starting job in goal wide open

#462660157 / gettyimages.comAs we make our way towards the NHL season there's more hockey news starting to emerge. The Wild are going to have a stable of goalies this season. According to Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo, the position is wide open. NHL Insider -- The Minnesota Wild will enter training camp next month with three goaltenders, Josh Harding, Niklas Backstrom...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild coach: Three goalies will compete for starting job

Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo said each of the team’s three goaltenders, Josh Harding, Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper, will have chance to win the No. 1 job. “I have to say we’re kind of open right now, to be honest with you,” Yeo told Michael Russo of the Star Tribune on Wednesday. “We’re going to have some scrimmages … but we’re going to have to pretty quickly...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Western Conference contenders face questions in net

There really isn’t any disputing the fact that the Western Conference is the better of the two sides in the National Hockey League. It’s been responsible for four of the last five champions (even if those were just two different teams) and has 11 or 12 teams that could certainly be in the mix for a playoff spot. Looking up and down the conference, there are some teams that look...
Via Puck Drunk Love
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild say ‘everything’s a go’ with goalies Backstrom, Harding

Yesterday, Brough wrote about the state of Minnesota’s goaltending and how it will rely on the trio of Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding and Darcy Kuemper for next season. On Thursday, GM Chuck Fletcher shared some good news about the two veterans of the group. From the Minnesota Star-Tribune: “Everything’s a go with both goalies,” Fletcher said of Backstrom and Harding....
Via Pro Sports Daily
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild GM Says Goaltending Looks Good

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants, Fletcher has also spent the month dialing up some veterans to check in. Two include the goalies, Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding. Backstrom had season-ending abdominal surgery and hip surgery last season and Harding didn’t play in 2014 due to complications with multiple sclerosis. Fletcher has talked with both the past two weeks...
Via Kukla's Korner
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild News: Three goalies, Two slots, One battle

Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding and Darcy Kuemper are all each other's best frenemies, again.The 2012-'13 Minnesota Wild had a pretty darn good season, finishing with 43 wins, 98 points and a dramatic first round victory over the Colorado Avalanche in the playoffs before losing in six to Chicago.And they did it all while using five different goalies: Goalie Stats Rk...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: Questons at the goaltending position

#462660157 / gettyimages.comThe Minnesota Wild's goaltending situation has been a subject of discussion. John Kreiser - -- Who's the goalie? -- Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding, Darcy Kuemper, Ilya Bryzgalov and John Curry (who won his lone late-season start) all had at least one victory in a season of tumult for Minnesota goaltenders . Harding was 18-7-3 with an...
Via Goon's World
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Goalie Questions For The Minnesota Wild

I can finally access KK after almost 9 hours of down time. The problem was not with our host, but something much more major than that. Numerous ISPs had issues today and it was hit or miss if you could get to a website or now. Things seem to be ok now, so on with the show... from John Kreiser of, Who's the goalie? -- Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding, Darcy...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Capitals sign Brooks Orpik, Justin Peters

The Washington Capitals signed defenseman Brooks Orpik to a $27.5 million, five-year contract, and goaltender Justin Peters to a $1.9 million, two-year contract on Tuesday. “We are very excited to welcome Brooks to Washington,” said MacLellan. “We feel Brooks’ leadership and experience will greatly enhance our defense for years to come. Brooks plays tough minutes against...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Wild shopping Niklas Backstrom

The Minnesota Wild are reportedly gauging interest around the NHL in Niklas Backstrom. The Star Tribune states that the Wild may be willing to retain salary cap space in order to move Backstrom, but so far there haven’t been any named or rumored suitors. In May, the Minnesota Wild announced that they’d be parting ways with goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. That same report hinted that...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Wild shopping Niklas Backstrom

The Minnesota Wild are reportedly gauging interest around the NHL in Niklas Backstrom. The Star Tribune states that the Wild may be willing to retain salary cap space in order to move Backstrom, but so far there haven’t been any named or rumored suitors. In May, the Minnesota Wild announced that they’d be parting ways with goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. That same report hinted that...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: Russo, “Fletcher shopping Brodziak, Backstrom”

#487493453 / gettyimages.comThis is the best news that I have heard all week. Trading goalie Niklas Backstrom would free up need roster and cap space for Darcy Kuemper who emerged as the goalie of the future. During the 2013-14 season, Kuemper had a (12-8-4, .915 SV% and a 2.37 GAA). Michael Russo, Startribune -- Chuck Fletcher has a history of draft-day trades and spent last...
Via Goon's World
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Niklas Backstrom And Kyle Brodziak Available In Minnesota

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, Chuck Fletcher has a history of draft-day trades and spent last week working the phones. “Everyone calls everybody,” the Wild GM said. “You don’t see a whole bunch of trades the week prior to the draft. It’s all about trying to figure out who your likely dance partners can be the week at the draft. It’ll take a move or...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild Injury Update: Josh Harding, Niklas Backstrom, Darcy Kuemper

Minnesota Wild goaltenders Josh Harding, Niklas Backstrom, and Darcy Kuemper should be ready for training camp next season. It will be crucial for all three goalies to be healthy for the Wild due to the injuries the goalies have been through this year according to NBC sports.Harding was stellar in the first part of this years season with 18 wins in the 29 games he played. Unfortunately...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Ballard undergoes sports hernia surgery; Backstrom, Harding recovering

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- When the Minnesota Wild's season ended in the second round, several players were suffering from the bumps and bruises that go along with a long season and extended playoff run. Charlie Coyle had played through two separated shoulders, among them. Yet, Minnesota came out on the fortunate end when it comes to the annual ritual of post-season cleanup surgeries...
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Niklas Backstrom Taps Out Tom Niininaki With A Choke At UFC Fight Night 41

Niklas Backstrom upset Tom Niininaki tonight in the opening fight of the main card at UFC Fight Night 41, tapping him out with a choke in the first round. — Round One: Backstrom with a leg kick to start. He doesn’t have time to do much else though a Niinimaki manages to secure an early takedown. ‘Stoneface’ moves into half guard, but Backstrom gets back up. Niinimaki still...
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May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild have big decisions to make at goaltender

The most amazing part of the Minnesota Wild's late-season charge to the second round of the playoffs is now the biggest offseason priority. Minnesota general manager Chuck Fletcher is embarking on another busy offseason, flush with salary cap space and more important decisions for a team that took another step in its development this past season. Top of mind for Fletcher is the...
Via Fox Sports North
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild's Backstrom, Zucker out for remainder of season

Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom underwent successful core muscle surgery Tuesday in Philadelphia. The Wild said Wednesday that Backstrom is expected to miss the remainder of this season but should be fully recovered for the start of 2014-15. Backstrom went 5-11-2 with an .899 save percentage and 3.02 goals-against average in 21 games. He has not played since Jan. 30....
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild's Niklas Backstrom and Jason Zucker undergo season-ending surgeries

Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher announced Wednesday that goaltender Niklas Backstrom and forward Jason Zucker underwent successful surgeries, per the team's website. Both Backstrom and Zucker will miss the remainder of the season but are expected to be fully recovered in time for the 2014-15 campaign.Backstrom underwent abdominal surgery performed by Dr. William...
Via Sports Injury Alert
March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Backstrom, Zucker undergo surgery for Wild, out for rest of season

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild will officially be without goaltender Niklas Backstrom and forward Jason Zucker as they try to secure a playoff spot for the second straight season. Minnesota announced that Backstrom and Zucker each had surgery on Tuesday and will be out the rest of the season. Both are expected to recover in time for the 2014-15 season. Backstrom, 36, had core...
Via Fox Sports North
March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild likely to ride one goaltender in postseason

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A four-season playoff drought was finally over and the Minnesota Wild were preparing to face the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks on the road in the first round last year. Goaltender Niklas Backstrom had started 41 of Minnesota's 48 games in the lockout-shortened season and was on the ice for pregame warm-ups in Chicago when he felt something odd. A lower-body...
Via Fox Sports North
March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Niklas Backstrom done, "Breezy" in for Wild

Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom is likely done for the season according to the team's general Manager Chuck Fletcher.The news isn't particularly of the "breaking news" variety, as Backstrom has been struggling with his return from off season sports hernia surgery and has been effective only in brief bursts throughout the season, as qualified by a...
Via Sports Injury Alert
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild adds goalie depth in Bryzgalov; Backstrom shut down

On a day when rumors swirled that future first-ballot Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur or Jaroslav Halak could be Minnesota-bound, the Wild pulled the lever on the simplest available option for goaltending insurance. General Manager Chuck Fletcher, on the day he shut down Niklas Backstrom for the season because of an abdominal injury, sent the fourth-round draft pick the Wild received...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild shut down Backstrom, likely for rest of season

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher had a tough talk with veteran goaltender Niklas Backstrom this week, knowing the NHL trade deadline is Wednesday afternoon. Backstrom has dealt with injuries all year and has been fighting through a lingering lower-body injury for a couple of months. Rookie goaltender Darcy Kuemper's play had eased the burden on...
Via Fox Sports North
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild Tuesday: Koivu, Scandella practice with Wild, Backstrom held out

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild learned how to win during January with some of their key players on the shelf. After the two-week Olympic break, Minnesota is hoping to be back at nearly full strength for Thursday's game at Edmonton. Center Mikko Koivu has been practicing with the team after having to skip the Olympics while recovering from ankle surgery and defenseman Marco...
Via Fox Sports North
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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