The Wild opens training camp in five weeks. General Manager Chuck Fletcher has spent the past month dialing up some veterans to check on. Two include the goalies, Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding. Backstrom had season-ending abdominal surgery and hip surgery last season and Harding didn't play in 2014 due to complications with multiple sclerosis. Fletcher has talked with both the past two weeks to ensure that they're still both well and that he doesn't need to go out and sign a free agent. "Everything's a go with both goalies," Fletcher said of Backstrom and Harding. "Everybody seems to be feeling pretty good, and at this stage, knock on wood, all of our players who were banged up at the end of the season is feeling better. Josh has felt good. Right now we're not expecting any issues for anybody with respect to passing training camp medicals." Meanwhile, Darcy Kuemper and Nino Niederreiter remain unsigned and there have been no conversations in two weeks. "There's been nothing lately," Fletcher said. "In the near future, I'm sure I'll speak with both agents."
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