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Wild goalie situation still in flux, but Kuemper finally signing lends some stability

  • Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, of Finland, kneels on the ice during NHL hockey training camp in St. Paul, Minn., Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, of Finland, kneels on the ice during NHL hockey training camp in St. Paul, Minn., Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

  • Minnesota Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, of Russia, kneels on the ice during NHL hockey training camp in St. Paul, Minn., Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Minnesota Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, of Russia, kneels on the ice during NHL hockey training camp in St. Paul, Minn., Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

  • Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, right, of Finland, and defenseman Justin Falk watch from the bench during NHL hockey training camp in St. Paul, Minn., Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, right, of Finland, and defenseman Justin Falk watch from the bench during NHL hockey training camp in St. Paul, Minn., Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

The Minnesota Wild have started the season with the same big question as they finished the last one with: Who can they count on in the net?

Training camp began Friday with more goalie clarity than earlier in the week, at least. Darcy Kuemper was finally signed, to a two-year, one-way contract worth $2.5 million the night before the first practice.

Niklas Backstrom has returned at full strength, but he's 36 coming off an injury-filled season. Josh Harding has been placed on the suspended list following an off-the-ice incident that led to a broken right foot. Ilya Bryzgalov, who did not receive a contract offer after becoming a free agent, is at camp on a tryout basis.