The Wild signed Niklas Backstrom to a 2-year $6.2 million dollar contract yesterday, which means that they now have both Backstrom and Manny Fernandez under contract through the ’08-09 season. Niklas Backstrom lead the league in save percentage and goals against average, while he and Fernandez backstopped the Wild to a league low 191 goals against in the ’06-’07 regular season. And, lest you forget, they also have Josh Harding waiting in the wings as yet another goalie of the future.
Manny Fernandez – 33 yrs old in August ($4.3M in ’07-’08)
Niklas Backstrom – 29 yrs old (around $3M in ’07-’08)
Josh Harding – 23 yrs old in a week ($450K in ’06-’07)
Given Manny’s stated preferences, I think I know who I would go forward with, but Riesborough seems to think he can keep everybody.
Something to keep an eye on in the near future, that’s for sure.