“I like getting out there and playing, and we’ve been having success lately, but I’m just going to keep focusing on what I can control and the next game on the schedule,” Kuemper said.
Bryzgalov’s acquisition gives the Wild depth in case Kuemper, who has 73 minutes of NHL playoff experience, falters or gets hurt. Also, the Wild plays 20 games in the final 37 days, including five more sets of back-to-backs.
“It’s not possible for one goalie to play all of them, so they’re both going to have to win games,” Fletcher said.
The GM might not be done. Quebec TV reporter Renaud Lavoie reported Tuesday that Torrey Mitchell, saddled on the fourth line for two seasons, has requested to be traded. Mitchell and agent Kent Hughes denied the report, although that was contradicted Tuesday night by sources.
Veterans Dany Heatley and Kyle Brodziak also have been floated out there. If the Wild traded forwards, it would look to acquire some back and Fletcher often has proved to have something up his sleeve. Sources say the Wild has had ongoing conversations with the Sabres about Drew Stafford, Pominville’s former teammate and a former Shattuck- St. Mary’s and North Dakota teammate of Wild forward Zach Parise.
Additional forwards on the market include the New York Islanders’ Thomas Vanek, Buffalo’s Matt Moulson and Calgary’s Mike Cammalleri.
Fletcher spent the entire second intermission Monday with Flames acting GM Brian Burke.
If the Wild, 9-2-2 in its past 13 and winner of five in a row, stands pat, Yeo said Tuesday, “We like our group. We believe we can win with this group.”