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Wild re-signs goalie John Curry, won't re-sign Nate Prosser

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild off-season news Updated: July 17, 2014 - 4:43 PM

The Wild has brought back goalie John Curry, the Shorewood native who backed up several games late in the season, including in the postseason. In fact, symbolizing just how chaotic the Wild's goalie situation was last season right to the end, Curry was suited up and congratulating teammates after its Game 7 Round 1 win at Colorado ... after he started the game watching from a suite in a business suit.

Darcy Kuemper started, left the game in the third with a concussion and Curry rushed to the locker room to back up Ilya Bryzgalov in overtime.

Today, Curry, 30, signed a one-year, two-way contract, and the plan is he'll spend next season with AHL Iowa with Johan Gustafssson. Obviously, he'll again provide NHL insurance, too.

Curry spent much of last season bouncing between ECHL Orlando and Iowa and eventually signed an NHL contract to provide insurance in February because of Josh Harding's medical situation and Niklas Backstrom abdominal and hip issues. Soon after Curry signing, Bryzgalov was acquired and Backstrom was shut down for good.

Curry could again end up in Orlando at times next season if Kuemper spends any time in Iowa.

But, there's a good chance the Wild starts next season with three goalies on the NHL roster -- Backstrom, Harding and Kuemper (big question heading into camp is which of those three will be the opening-night starter and who will be Nos. 2 and 3), so the Wild needed a fifth goalie in the system to play with Gustafsson.

Curry made 43 saves in a 4-2 win vs. St. Louis on April 10 to claim his first NHL win since Nov. 11, 2008. The former Boston University goalie played in four NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2008-10.

Here is a feature I wrote on Curry before the St. Louis start

Here is the game story I wrote after Curry's first NHL win in 5 1/2 years

Here is the story I wrote when Curry went from business suit to celebratory pile in Game 7

In other news, I hear the Wild has decided not to re-sign defenseman Nate Prosser to a one-way contract.

Prosser will now look to move on elsewhere. I wrote about the internal debate the Wild was having on Prosser on the previous blog, so if you didn't read that, check it out. Good luck to Prosser, though. He's certainly one of the good guys.

As GM Chuck Fletcher said last week (read that blog), he's still in the market for a defenseman, and probably by trade. By not signing Prosser, my guess is Fletcher is trying to maintain roster flexibility so he could do so eventually.

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