Breaking News: Wild Sign G Theodore
In a not quite so unexpected move, the Minnesota Wild have found themselves their second goaltender, and one that should prove to make a formidable tandem in net in the absence of Josh Harding, who tore his ACL and MCL in a pre-season game against the St. Louis Blues.
The Wild, after a lackluster pre-season, have made the decision to fill the void left by Harding’s injury and sign free agent goaltender Jose Theodore to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.
Theodore, who won 30 games in 47 appearances last season, is a former Hart and Vezina Trophy winner and provides the Wild some more stability in net.
While there are certainly some question marks surrounding Theodore’s ability to perform at an elite level in the NHL, there is no doubt that he will provide a solid back up to Niklas Backstrom this season.
“Jose’s a veteran who’s won 245 games in the NHL,” General Manager Chuck Fletcher said while in Helsinki. “We’re fortunate he was still available. He makes us a deeper team and we have a terrific one-two punch again.”
I’ll be honest, I like this signing.
While I have the utmost faith in Niklas Backstrom returning to form this season, Theodore gives the Wild a veteran option behind him should he falter, as well as some healthy competition behind the veteran goalie. His cap hit of $1.1 million is basically the same as Harding’s, which they are now allowed to spend above the cap with Harding on the Long Term Injured Reserve.
Theodore posted a 2.81 goals against average and a .911 save percentage last season with the Washington Capitals and will start the season in the AHL to get back into shape and face some shots before swapping places with Anton Khudobin on the Wild’s roster.