Just days away from March 5’s NHL Trade Deadline, the Minnesota Wild are looking for big help in net. They lost out on the Ryan Miller sweepstakes, but they are now looking at a variety of goaltenders across the NHL, including Cam Ward, Jaroslav Halak, and Martin Brodeur.
The Minnesota Wild have two capable goaltenders in Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom, but both of the netminders have had health issues. Josh Harding has been marvelous this season, but has been forced to miss time due to his multiple sclerosis that he has been dealing with since 2012. Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota’s long time starting goalie, is out with an abdominal injury.
Darcy Kuemper has been very good for the Minnesota Wild since taking over the starting duties, but it is uncertain whether he can keep this up through the remainder of the season and into the playoffs.
According to Michael Russo of the StarTribune, the Minnesota Wild have inquired about Cam Ward, Jaroslav Halak, and Martin Brodeur. He also said that the Edmonton Oilers have offered them Ilya Bryzgalov.
“Lots of rumors out there tonight that Buffalo will try to flip Jaroslav Halak, whom it acquired from St. Louis today in a package for Ryan Miller, to Minnesota. There’s no doubt Fletcher’s good buddy Tim Murray will try. The impression I got internally though today from the organization is it has little interest in Halak.
The Wild has inquired about Cam Ward and Martin Brodeur and has had Ilya Bryzgalov offered to them.”
– Michael Russa (StarTribune)
From that, I get the impression that Jaroslav Halak being sent to Minnesota is pretty unlikely. That leaves Cam Ward and Martin Brodeur as the two goalies that the Wild are most interested in. It also seems unlikely that Ilya Bryzgalov would be Minnesota’s goalie of choice.
Both Cam Ward and Martin Brodeur have been knee deep in trade rumors for much of the 2013-2014 NHL regular season, and it looks like that will not stop until the trade deadline passes, or they are traded.