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Minnesota Wild Free Agent Breakdown: Goaltenders

ANAHEIM, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Goaltender Josh Harding #26 of the Minnesota Wild makes a save during the NHL game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on December 14, 2008 in Anaheim, California.  The Ducks defeated the Wild 4-2.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Joseph GuntherContributor IJuly 7, 2009

The Minnesota Wild are set at goaltender - right now anyway.

The goaltending situation for the Wild hinges upon the future of restricted free agent Josh Harding.

If the Wild find a suitable trade for Harding, the team will need to find a backup for starter Niklas Backstrom.

Harding has proven in limited action that he is good enough to be a starting goaltender. The 25-year-old posted a 2.21 goals against average with a .929 save percentage in 19 games last season. The numbers were good, but the record was not at 3-9-1. Last season, he set a career-high with 44 saves in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Backstrom was signed to a four year deal with no trade clauses that last the duration of the contract as long as he is the starter. Backstrom finished in the top five in the NHL in wins, goals against average, save percentage and shutouts last season. He was nominated for the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltender, but did not win the award.

For more information on the Wild's goaltender situation and possible targets click here.

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