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Wild goalie job up for grabs

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10:37 AM ET 03.04 | It would be an overstatement to say the Wild have a goaltending controversy brewing, but their accelerating nosedive has exposed a crisis in the crease. Niklas Backstrom, sidelined two to four weeks with a groin strain, might salvage a few starts if he rehabilitates aggressively, although time is running out on his 2011-12 season. Josh Harding, ventilated for six goals and chased in the third period of Friday night's lopsided loss to the Red Wings, had been Minnesota's most valued asset before a second-half slump made him worthless at the trade deadline and shook the confidence of the impending unrestricted free agent. Then there is intrepid rookie Matt Hackett, recalled to back up Harding during Backstrom's absence. All he does is stop pucks, including six saves in relief of Harding as Detroit continued pouring it on late in its 6-0 victory.

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March 4, 2012  10:51 AM ET

When I read Wild goalie I thought it was about Patrick Roy.

March 4, 2012  10:53 AM ET

Maybe this is the tender we should be talking about....

March 4, 2012  11:15 AM ET

And not to put too fine a point on it, but isn't the photo Nicklas Backstrom?

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March 4, 2012  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Thats the 1st thing i noticed..man this site doesnt even try these days.

To be fair BGM I don't think they'd know Nicklas/Niklas from their own ****.

March 4, 2012  11:35 AM ET
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As for Rask..hope its not major.

How's Danny Paille?

March 4, 2012  11:43 AM ET
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When I read Wild goalie I thought it was about Patrick Roy.

Roy has gone from rings in his ears, to ringing in his ears. Too late :)

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March 4, 2012  01:39 PM ET
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As for Rask..hope its not major.

Will Khudobin, the former Wild tender, be their backup?

March 4, 2012  03:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

When I read Wild goalie I thought it was about Patrick Roy.

.... or the Leafs goalies .... or the Flyers goalies ... or the Caps goalies.

March 4, 2012  03:04 PM ET
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Maybe this is the tender we should be talking about....

I'd say Tim Thomas is not too bad of a backup, is he?

March 4, 2012  07:10 PM ET
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I'd say Tim Thomas is not too bad of a backup, is he?

He's a Derek Stepan upper right corner save away from being okay....

March 4, 2012  07:37 PM ET

I hate all things Wild.

March 4, 2012  07:53 PM ET
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If Yankee Tim goes down Boston is in serious trouble.

Good thing both their games this month against the Caps are in Boston coz I've heard he won't go to Washington. ;-)

March 4, 2012  07:53 PM ET
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I hate all things Wild.

Sex?

 
March 4, 2012  09:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Sex?

Male...

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