Thread: Confirmed Signing with Link: Wild Sign Backstrom to Four Year Extension
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03-03-2009, 12:02 PM
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I'll admit I'm surprised. I thought they would trade Backstrom and retain Harding. And I was sure they would deal Backstrom to the Red Wings. Still, it's a good move for Minnesota. They get their ace goaltender locked up for four seasons, at what is the going rate now for a top 10 goaltender.

I would expect they'll be shopping Harding, but I don't know if they'll get anything done before tomorrow. There are teams in the market for a goaltender, but I don't think they would be looking at a guy like Harding, who has never been a No. 1 at the NHL level, and has no experience in the rigors of NHL playoff hockey. If Harding is dealt tomorrow, it'll probably be to a lesser team that could use an excellent young goalie who will be a No. 1 for years to come.

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