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Wild OK with carrying three goalies, might get Parise back next week

Jan 19, 2014, 6:39 PM EDT

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Josh Harding seems like he might be closing in on a return, but Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that Darcy Kuemper might just stick with the team if he continues to play well. Even if that means carrying three goalies.

“If he keeps winning games, we’re not going to send him down,” Yeo said. “I can’t see why we would do that. These things always have a way of sorting themselves out. We can’t start looking too far ahead.”

The Wild’s roster updates could be interesting to watch for more than just that reason. The same report indicates that Zach Parise expects to start ramping up contact and activity, with the outside chance that he could play Thursday or Saturday.

“I’m just waiting for the green light to get him more involved in practice,” Yeo said.

A healthy Parise and Harding could force some juggling, but the Wild would probably be glad to take that deal if they continue their strong recent play.

  1. lordfletcher - Jan 19, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    cough *** trade Backstrom *** cough

    Bummer Burke is in Calgary, Jay Feaster would have traded the Wild a second round pick or something for Backs.

    • strictlythedanks - Jan 19, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      I think they should showcase hime alittle bit more before trying to trade. Nonetheless Kuemper’s beastly, confiddent play makes me a happy Kuemper.

      • lordfletcher - Jan 19, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        not disagreeing but I think every GM knows what Backs is all about… simply put, there won’t be a market for him d/t age and contract. He is still a quality goalie, just nothing special and getting slower by the year.

        Only if Fletcher knew how decent Backs would be and how great Darcy would elevate to so quickly. Realistically, this could be Kuempers team next year seeing as how we really have no clue how long Hardz back will allow him to play. I would love nothing more than to see Harding compete for years at the level he has, but I don’t see how he can. Kuemper is the real deal, luckily he can be sent down to Iowa till they figure out what is going to happen with Backs / Hardz.

      • 950003cups - Jan 20, 2014 at 9:09 AM

        Been telling y’all this for a while. Backstroke can’t get going in a big game. But of course all you farm hicks defiantly disagreed. The man faked an injury minutes before a playoff game, with intentions of not letting a choke performance ruin his new contract chances.

        Now here you all are. Your fears have arrived. You now echo my prediction. I am like your Nostradamus.

    • lordfletcher - Jan 19, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      Also I should say… That I don’t blame Fletcher for signing Backstrom to the deal that was made because the Wild really didn’t have any other choice. Harding may not have played and retired, let alone play at an all star level. Backstrom is supposed to be a .915% 2.50 GGA kinda guy, and at that price, was a great deal for Wild. I think all Wild fans just wanted to see Backs only get a two year deal but he would have gone elsewhere then and probably for more money.

      can’t predict the future, would be nice thou.

  2. hardkor07mn - Jan 19, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    You can’t trade him now. No GM in their right mind would trade a used puck bag for him. Should have never gave him such a big deal last year. Free agency was plentiful last summer with goalies a lot better than backstrom.

    • cmmorgan32 - Jan 20, 2014 at 4:57 AM

      I think you’re overestimating things a bit. If you actually look at the goalies that were free agents last summer, Backstrom is one of the better ones available. The fact of the matter is that Minnesota needed a starting goalie or a goalie with “starter potential.” They also needed someone who could handle a heavier workload due to Harding’s MS. Plus, you also have to take into account that Minnesota didn’t have much cap space to work with in the offseason.

      Out of curiosity, how is a 3 yr/10.75mil deal a “big deal” especially when you take into account that he took a 50% pay cut (roughly) to stay in Minnesota? Signing Backstrom was the best move Fletcher could make. If Fletcher could’ve made a trade without giving up to much or if Kuemper or Gustaffson were actually ready for consistent NHL play, Backstrom wouldn’t be playing for Minnesota (most likely).

      • 950003cups - Jan 20, 2014 at 9:18 AM

        They should’ve traded for Cory Schneider. He was on the block.

      • lordfletcher - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM

        They couldn’t trade for Cory at all. They didn’t have a draft pick to facilitate Vancouver’s needs and besides Cory is a long term asset, Fletcher was looking for a two to three year deal. By then one of the wilds goalie prospects would be ready, who knew that time might be now.

        Still amazed how cheap Cory was traded for. Good move by Lou.

        If Fletcher was going to move for any goalie not named Backstrom, it would have been bernier.

      • purpleguy - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        Yeah, nothing was given up at all for Schneider, that makes complete sense.

      • 950003cups - Jan 20, 2014 at 2:13 PM

        Nothing? Lou gave up the most talked about prospect of our time, Bo Horowitz (or whatever his name is) in exchange for a decent goaltender.

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