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Continued: Scoggins: Roulette in net has become the norm for the Wild

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 5, 2014 - 12:11 AM

Now it’s Bryzgalov’s turn. A month ago, the veteran looked like a temporary novelty, a guy who espouses some goofy theories on the universe but only figured to see action in back-to-backs and worst-case scenarios.

Hello, worst-case scenario. Bryzgalov has been terrific so far though, going 4-0-3 with a 2.11 goals-against average. He’s given his team a spark. Who cares if the guy is a little eccentric if he can see puck, stop puck?

“He can be quirky,” Fletcher said. “At times he’s prone to some very colorful comments and quotes that seem to either endear him to people or create the opposite effect. But he’s been a quality goaltender in this league for many years.”

The Wild can only hope he finds that level in the playoffs. Kuemper looked shaky before he got injured so the Wild probably has no choice but to ride Bryzgalov at this point.

Fletcher has a quandary on his hands going forward. Backstrom’s age (36) and health make him unattractive. Harding’s medical condition continues to be a delicate issue. Kuemper probably wants a shot at the No. 1 role. And Bryzgalov’s contract expires.

“You have an eye on the big picture all the time,” Fletcher said. “But we’ll let things play out.”

Good idea. This goalie carousel has been dizzying. It has to stop spinning at some point, right?

Chip Scoggins • chip.scoggins@startribune.com

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