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.
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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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