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Wild sign 43-year-old emergency goalie

Mar 31, 2014, 6:43 PM EDT

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Once again, Rob Laurie gets the call.

The Anaheim-based netminder, who’s already filled in as an emergency goalie for the Ducks and Canucks, will suit up for the Wild tonight in place of the injured Darcy Kuemper, according to the Minnesota Star-Tribune.

Kuemper, who wasn’t scheduled to start tonight — Ilya Bryzgalov‘s in goal — was hurt during the morning skate and later ruled out of action. That forced the Wild to sign the 43-year-old Laurie, a longtime ECHL netminder that played one game in the American League for Adirondack during the 1995-96 campaign.

Unbelievably, Kuemper is the third Wild goalie to fall to injury this season. Niklas Backstrom was lost for the season after undergoing surgery on a “core muscle injury,” and Josh Harding has been sidelined after undergoing a midseason change in his multiple sclerosis treatment protocol.

In a related story, this isn’t the first time the Wild have been forced to sign an, ahem, experienced emergency netminder. Minnesota previously signed 51-year-old Paul Deutsch to an Amateur Tryout Contract during the 2011-12 campaign to serve in a similar capacity.





  1. nicofthenorthstar - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:51 PM


  2. dolanster - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Third time’s a charm — c’mon Rob! Get some real NHL ice time!

  3. 950003cups - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    They had a trade in the works for a much younger goalie named Martin Brodeur. For some reason they didn’t do it.

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:28 AM

      bryz has been good

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Perfect way to celebrate Gordie Howe Day. Mr Hockey is 86!

  5. charlieconway96 - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Not that I want to see Bryz get injured but I really would love to see this guy actually get thrown into the fire.

  6. larry1994 - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    Oh I can’t wait for this Thursday. Time for the Hawks to see how bad this guy is.

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