This is easily the strangest story regarding the Wild this season. Niklas Backstrom was scratched from tonight's start against Nashville due to personal reasons. Josh Harding will start instead, but the backup is a freshly signed 51-year old beer league goalie named Paul Deutsch.
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51-year old goalie signs with Wild, warms up, scratched
Paul Deutsch is a 51-year old goalie. He's best known at the Bloomington Ice Gardens where he plays senior league hockey. On Wednesday, he was signed by the Wild as a replacement for Niklas Backstrom, who was out for personal reasons. Deutsch warmed up with the team before being scratched.
With Backstrom hurting, Wild recall Hackett
Goalie Matt Hackett is back with the Wild. He was recalled from Houston today to replace Niklas Backstrom, who was injured in last night’s shootout loss to Montreal. Hackett will back up Josh Harding, who will likely start in goal tonight in Detroit.
Wild's Backstrom needs ankle surgery
Wild GM Chuck Fletcher tells the Pioneer Press that goalie Niklas Backstrom will soon undergo surgery to fix an ankle injury that bothered him during the last few weeks of the season. Fletcher also expects Guillaume Latendresse, Pierre Marc-Bouchard and Jared Spurgeon to make full recoveries from their concussions and be ready for next season.
Wild goalies Harding, Backstrom return; Hackett sent down
Wild goalie Josh Harding returns to the cage tonight, getting his first start since March 8 when he tweaked a lower body injury against Phoenix. Nicklas Backstrom is also back in the fold as Harding's backup. Gone is Matt Hackett, who was sent down to Houston.
Backstrom expects to return soon
Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom practiced for a second day in a row Tuesday, and he could return to game action before the end of the season. Backstrom says, "I'm trying to do everything I can so it will be soon." He injured his groin in a March 1st game against Montreal.
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