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ST. PAUL, Minn. – 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.