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Wild GM has no interest in trading Backstrom — “None”

Jun 19, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

Josh Harding, Niklas Backstrom AP

Just because the Minnesota Wild signed goalie Josh Harding to a three-year contract doesn’t mean Niklas Backstrom is on his way out of town.

“We have no interest in trading Backstrom. None,” Wild GM Chuck Fletcher told the StarTribune this afternoon. “When we were on top of the league [in the first 30 games] last year, a big part of the reason was our goaltending tandem. There’s no reason for us to want to change that up. Why not bring them back? The future will be the future. Everything will work itself out. When Josh indicated he was willing to stay, we worked quickly to get it done.”

Backstrom has a year left on his contract ($6 million cap hit) before he can become an unrestricted free agent.

  1. danphipps01 - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Until Toronto calls because Burke just can’t bring himself to ask about Luongo, anyway.

  2. lordfletcher - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Either this is playing ball at its finest or its the brutal truth…….

    I would say its smart to not trade him just because we don’t know how healthy Harding will be.

    If Burke comes calling on draft day, listen and listen well Fletcher, never hurts to lose $6 in cap space and then trade for something bid like Ryan or Staal

    • danphipps01 - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:44 AM

      In theory it lets Burke address his goaltending situation in a less career-risking way. He doesn’t eat an unholy albatross contract, he pays $6m for a year of veteran netminding and gives Reimer and Scrivens time to develop rather than burying them forever behind Luongo’s required first-string status.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:46 AM

      True, it would open up space so we can sign Crosby to go along with Parise and Suter.

  3. GenoPringles - Jun 20, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Please refrain from mentioning our Soupcan Sid in any post about the Minnesota joke of team. Sid is not going anywhere

    • lordfletcher - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      Enjoy it Geno while it lasts. Your tanking cycle begins in another 8 years.

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