Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Wild Goalies Honored Together, Perhaps for Last Time
The two Minnesota Wild goalies who tended the net so well this season were both recently honored at the mini-NHL awards ceremony in Ottawa. Niklas Backstrom and Manny Fernandez received the William M. Jennings Trophy, which is awarded for allowing the fewest goals against during the regular season. The other award was the Roger Crozier Save Grace Award for the league’s best save percentage during the regular season (.929). The goalie tandem that the Wild sent to the awards ceremony might be disbanded soon, as the Wild has just signed Niklas Backstrom to a new contract. The Wild has yet to move on Fernandez, but the goalie still has two years left on a three-year deal at $4.33 million per year against the cap. Fernandez isn’t sure what next season holds for him, but he is happy the way he finished the 2006-07 season. He believes he left on a “good note,” and that other teams are going to have a spot for him if he gets traded. With Backstrom back in the net, the Minnesota Wild are sure to have a great season next year and Minnesota Wild fans won't want to miss one single save! Buy Wild Tickets now!