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Wild extend Curry, will reportedly let Prosser walk

Jul 17, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

John Curry AP

After the Minnesota Wild were decimated by goalie injuries last season, their mantra going into the 2013-14 campaign seems to be that there’s no such thing as too much goaltending depth. With that in mind, the Minnesota Wild have re-signed John Curry to a one-year, two-way deal, per the StarTribune.

If Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding, and Darcy Kuemper all start the 2014-15 campaign in the NHL, then Curry will likely battle Johan Gustafssson for playing time in the AHL. Curry is 30 years old and hadn’t played in the NHL for over four years before he started for the Wild against the St. Louis Blues on April 10 because Kuemper, Harding, and Backstrom were all unavailable.

Curry ended up turning aside 43 of 45 shots to win the game.

The Wild aren’t planning on re-signing defenseman Nate Prosser though. The 28-year-old is reportedly seeking a one-way contract after recording eight points and 58 penalty minutes in 53 games with Minnesota last season, but it looks like Minnesota isn’t interested in giving him that. Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has left the door open to the possibility of upgrading the team’s blueline via the trade market.

  1. dueman - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Detroit should grab this guy….he’s big, he’s good defensively, and he’s a righty. He won’t score much, but he’ll stick up for his team mates.

    • chief361 - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:10 AM

      go for it. make us regret not re-signing him. this guy’s been a fringe nhl’er since i’ve first heard his name but if anyone can make lemonade from lemons, it’s detroit.

    • purpleguy - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      It will be interesting to see if anyone gives Prosser the one-way contract he wants.

    • getadealdonealready - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      Big???? I think you have him confused with Stoner. Small guy but was a good 6th/7th D, but just no room for him on this team with the bodies they have coming in the next couple years.

  2. swenny19 - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Prosser is anything but big…

    • dueman - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      6’2″ – 210lbs isn’t small now is it…..?

  3. wutangwild - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Yea Prosser is more of a middleweight, but does play with some grit. Curry played great that one game and will more than likely backup whoever starts in Iowa. That is, unless our tending situation completely disintegrates this year which it most likely will

  4. guitarhunterdude - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Prosser is an AHL/NHL tweener who, alongside Clayton Stoner, routinely got pinned in his own zone while matched up against other teams’ worst players last year (and he wasn’t any better in previous seasons, either). If the Red Wings want him, by all means, have at him, but know you’re getting a #7 guy and nothing more. Frankly, I’m glad the Wild are moving on to Blum, Folin, Ballard, or whoever else they’re planning on putting on the bottom pair. Those two weren’t working, and I think we can find an upgrade fairly easily. I was kinda worried he’d get the standard Minnesotan overpayment for a bad player who’s a “good guy” or whatever, especially considering he’s from Elk River.

    I’d say the best part of his game is his chirping ability. He really, really gets under peoples’ skin.

    • wutangwild - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      He’s also good at getting penalized for someone else hitting him. One of the most ridiculous calls I’ve ever seen in my life!

  5. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Has there been a Josh update?

  6. rsmaggiemae - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    Are the Wild going to give Bikell a chance to make the team?
    he is a big buy out on the defense just what they are looking for
    I know he was injured while with the Rangers but hopefully he can make the team
    I dont think Dumba is ready yet not at 19 yrs old..

    • wutangwild - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Well naturally, everybody gets a shot. But I’m 99% sure Bickel will be in Iowa to start. Our third pairing will likely be Ballard (cringe) and either Folin, Blum, Dumba or Olafsson. But as I said, it’s up for grabs and may the best player win. It’s nice that we don’t have the likes of Martin Skoula on our blue line anymore.

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